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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
Gainesvile, FL 32606
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Program Contact Linda Mussillo, Program Coordinator
Phone 352-381-3818

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 carer development 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.

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: 6
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • preference uner 25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 80%
Cost of the program:

Basic fees are $3,000 annually for most classes, internships, 10 hours weekly of mentorship and Mentor Coordination and an exra 30 dollars each term for all Adult Education offerings; extra costs exist for full general education audits, community and continuing education offerings,  course book fees, and travel expenses.

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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Once weekly Project SAINT workshop with rotating topics.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Depends on career pathway; several options are available.
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 20%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Child Care


Tramcon Construction Industries

Food Handling

Customer Service

First Aid/CPR

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: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Myriad clubs including organic gardening;  religious clubs, international club, recreational clubs (gamers); use of fitness facilities; attendance at fine arts and athletic events; attendance at campus fairs and festivals.

Last updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 12:20