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Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Kingsborough)

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Kingsborough)
Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York
Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Kingsborough)
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Program Contact Kensaku Matsuda
Program Contact Email
Phone (646) 334-738
Website Program website

AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at Kingsborough Community College 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. Applicants must be a resident in Brooklyn, NY.

Program information submitted: February 18, 2022

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: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 21
Summer program name Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program - Summer Semester
Description of our summer transition program: Our program runs year-round, and for new students entering our program, we offer a month in August leading up to the their first academic semester (Fall) to help transition into a college setting. This transition period included helping new students get acclimated to the campus environment, learning to work with the staff/peer mentors, and learning the ins and outs of college.
Summer program link: Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program - Summer Semester
School district or agency partner: AHRC New York City
Contact person: City University of New York
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: December 15th
Criteria for admission
  • OPWDD Eligibility
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 35.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: The program has access to inclusive courses from several academic departments including Foreign Languages, Tourism and Hospitalitya, Biology, Business, Communications, Health, and Behavioral Sciences. The program has less access to courses in the Mathematics department.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students take workshops throughout the year, such as Personal Exploration, Career Development, Abuse Prevention, and a variety of other courses based on what is requested by students.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Career and Community Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Health services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students in the program participate in un-paid interships on and off campus, as well as volunteer at volunteer sites throughout the city.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation