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Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Staten Island)

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Staten Island)
College of Staten Island of the City University of New York
Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Staten Island)
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
Program Contact David Summers
Phone (646) 418-9736
Website Program website

AHRC New York City's 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 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 Staten Island, NY.

Program information submitted: March 17, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 17
School district or agency partner: AHRC New York City
Contact person: City University of New York
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $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 audit
More about course access: Student are each enrolled in 2 inclusive college courses per semester.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Information on special classes: Our paid and trained staff facilitate courses that revolve around independent living skills. Such as abuse prevention, sexual education, budgeting and social skills
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 50-74%
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? GED
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events IHE Graduation
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience The program has a designated staff who connects students with customized internships.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad