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Project SAINT: Student Access and INclusion Together

Project SAINT: Student Access and INclusion Together
Santa Fe College, Gainesville
Project SAINT: Student Access and INclusion Together
3000 NW 83rd Street, Building G, Rm. 33
Gainesville, FL 32606
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Program Contact Linda Mussillo, Program Coordinator
Program Contact Email
Phone 352-381-3818
Website Program website
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Project SAINT: Student Access and INclusion Together at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida,  is a small, selective intensive, modified, non-credit, fully inclusive college experience for young adults under age 25 who have mild intellectual disabilities. A complete 1-2 year "wrap-around" program, Project SAINT addresses a student's life plans for independence. Employment is a central goal. Students receive up to 10 hours weekly of academic and social mentorship from Santa Fe College students as supervised by a Mentor Coordinator. In addition, students receive ongoing individual and group counseling and advisement. Project SAINT students each create a personal plan of 15-20 hours weekly of academics, vocational preparation and inernships, independent living modules, and campus engagement and involvement. Access to and mastery of assistive technology is also central to students' plans. Project SAINT is on the vanguard of a nation-wide movement for greater post-secondary inclusion and opportunities for all. Options include: participation in a range of SF classes; continuing education, adult education, and community education options; enrollment in career development and certification classes and workshops; participation in job internships; engagement in campus clubs and activities; accessing the wide range of SF facilities including the Zoo, Planetarium, Fine Arts hall, Library, and more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for Project SAINT. Project SAINT has fees that cover the costs of mentorship, staffing, class participation, some books and materials, and activity fees. There are additional fees for full  course audits, continuing and community education classes.Project SAINT is an approved FPCTP and as such accepted students receive scholarships that defray the costs of attendance.

Program information submitted: February 15, 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: 7
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
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Any but must also have an intellectual disability to qualify
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 90.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Students who left in fall, graduated and completed all requirements

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $4500.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

Students receive $3500 each term in scholarships, which cover the program costs and also provides $1250 each term for individual educational costs.

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:

Both Adult Education and general education classes/coursework are available.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Project SAINT workshop weekly.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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: Numerous options for vocational certifications.
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Students earn at least one professionally recognized certificate.

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 66%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students meet with a job developer weekly. All students are required to participate in 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
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
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation