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Bristol Community College
777 Ellsbree St.
Fall River, MA 02720
Program Contact Paul Correia
Phone 774-357-3765

The MAICEI program at Bristol Community College is a fully inclusive postsecondary program for students (aged 18-21) with developmental disabilities. Students participating are admitted as full students to the college and have access to the same services and supports that are available to all students. Students participate in a person centered planning process that help identify a vision as well as specific goals that can be worked on while at college (academic, career, social and life skills). Students meet with their college advisor to choose classes that match their goals. In addition to their primary courses students are required to enroll in the College Success Seminar and have the option of taking the Career Exploration and Development online seminar. Students are able to audit or take for credit an additional 2 classes per semester (with no pre-requisites) that relate to their career goals and areas of interest. Internships are set up (as available) to help expose students to different campus jobs. Students are encouraged to use the resources of the college: for example meeting with a tutor from the Learning Center, going to the library and the fitness center, using the campus center, joining clubs and taking part in other social activities. The key to the success of the program is ensuring that students receive the support they need to be successful. While it is important to take advantage of the services already available on campus, each student will have an educational coach provided by the sending school district. An educational coach is someone who knows the student’s strengths and weaknesses and uses that information to provide support in the classroom and while on campus. They accompany the student to class and can for example provide cues about expected behavior as well as interpret instructions and materials in a way that the student can understand. The coach may also assist the student in homework as well as teaching the student how to communicate his or her own needs to the different college faculty.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 5
School district or agency partner: Old Rochester, Somerset Berkley, Fall River, Dighton Rehoboth, Swansea
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time