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Special Services Program

Special Services Program
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
Special Services Program
52 University Boulevard
Arts and Sciences Center
Roswell, NM 88203
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Program Contact Brianna Bitner – Coordinator
Phone 575.624.7286

The Special Services Program provides specialized certificate programs in Food Service, Office Skills, Child Care Attendant, Building Maintenance, Stocking & Merchandising, and Animal Healthcare.  The programs are designed for students who have disabilities, but who, with occupational training, are able to obtain entry-level positions in competitive employment.  Class sizes are small, and emphasis is on the completion of skills necessary for employment and independent living.

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: 42
Deadline to apply to this program: August 1, 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 30
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 93%
Retention rate: 90%
Cost of the program:

In-State: Approximately $20,000 for all costs for the 3 semesters of program Out-of-State: Approximately $22,500 for all costs for the 3 semesters of program

Additional costs: $500.00

Other costs cover optional student activities such as outings to: -- Movies -- Bowling -- Adaptive Ski trip Students must cover costs of cleaning supplies for dormitory suite

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
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

<p>NM Lottery scholarship for eligible residents</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

<p>Although Special Services students normally do not take typical college courses, the students are placed in a job practicum for 12 - 15 hours per week in the local community. Through this practicum, students are integrated with typically developing peers.</p>

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

<p>The 6 vocational programs (Food Service, Office Skills, Child Care Attendant, Building Maintenance, Stocking &amp; Merchandising, and Animal Healthcare) consist of classroom instruction as well as a job practicum experience in the local community. All Students in Special Services also take: Independent Living (with Lab) Life Skills Job Skills Conflict Management/Resolution Adaptive PE CPR/First Aid</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Occupational Training
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

<p>Food Service Office Skills Building Maintenance Child Care Attendant Stocking &amp; Merchandising Animal Healthcare</p>

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>Sierra Vista Village (student housing) hosts weekly activities for all residents (Special Services and typical students) in the Clubhouse. These include themed snack nights, dances, and parties A Special Services staff member -- the Independent Living Specialist -- resides in the dormitory with the students for dorm support. This staff member provides nightly tutoring and sponsors weekend activities. Special Services students can participate in the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports ski trip.</p>

Last updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 12:57