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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
Phone 352-381-3818
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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: March 10, 2021

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: 10
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Applications open each term
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: Prefer under 25, others considered
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
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 100.00%
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 scholarships based on our approval as a Florida Comprehensive Transition Program, and through funding by the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities. Scholarships cover all costs as well as providing extra funds for additional opportunities such as audits and other educational opportunities, materials, needed supports.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Case by case basis, myriad options available.

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
Information on special classes:

Weekly workshop is only for the students.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Many professional credentials are available depending upon the student's pathway, including Safe Food Handling, Child Care, Customer Service, Horticulture, Nursing Assistant.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Both on and off campus opportunities are available.

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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Many: Religious groups, gamers, gardeners, artists, student senate, among other clubs.