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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.

Program information submitted: February 25, 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: 28
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1, 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-30
  • Read and Write at a 2nd or 3rd grade level, be independent, follow directions, be able to use public transportation

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, etc
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 95.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 15.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $14000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $17000.00
Room and board: $4500.00
Program fees: $1800.00
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Students apply for college scholarships

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

We are a college program recognized by NMHED and HLC

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:

All courses are designed for students in this program; Major along with practicum, Life Skills, Independent Living with Lab, Conflict Management, Job Skills, and Adaptive PE

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Occupational Training
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: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Any organization or activity on campus is open to the students