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Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program
College of Staten Island of The City University of New York
Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
Program Contact Dr. Carole R. Gothelf
Phone (212) 780-2795

The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island is a fully integrated college-based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration and preparation, community living, personal development and socialization. The program engages students in supporting individual academic, vocational, community and social experiences. These students have the same opportunities for social and personal growth as other young adults who attend college. Must be a Staten Island resident.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 21
School district or agency partner: AHRC New York City and The City University of New York
Deadline to apply to this program: December 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • Students are 21 years of age or older
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
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:
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Co-curricular courses are available to students enrolled in the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program. These courses are designed to encourage personal exploration and futures planning, career development, and skills needed for independent living.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:26