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The Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)

The Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)
The College of New Jersey
The Career and Community Studies (TCNJ)
The College of New Jersey School of Education , Career and Community Studies Program
2000 Pennington Road , EDUC 304
Ewing, NJ 8628
Program Contact Amy K Schuler, Assistant Director, CCS
Program Contact Email
Phone 609 771 2399
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The Career & Community Studies Program (CCS) at The College of New Jersey is a four year inclusive, college-based certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities ages 18-25.. The Career and Community Studies Program @ The College of New Jersey, is one of the oldest inclusive post secondary/transition programs in the country and received CTP (Comprehensive Transition Program) status by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to prepare students for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery/readiness, and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners at The College of New Jersey.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 42
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Admission opens August 1 each year. CCS application process is rolling admission. The admission stays open until the cohort is complete. The program also offers waitlist and early decision for the next year cohort.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25 at time of attendance
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Students have various disabilities in addition to and coupled with intellectual disability including but not limited to: down syndrome, cerebal palsy, williams syndrome, TBI, fragile X.
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 26.00%
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: $22986.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $22986.00
Room and board: $13000.00
Additional costs:

Meal Plan Books Incidentials

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Students take TCNJ inclusive courses for a grade and credit towards a sanctioned certificate of completion in Career and Community Studies. Students do receive a grade for their courses that go on their CCS transcript and are considered for Deans List. Credits are for CCS certificate only and do not apply to TCNJ degrees and are non-transferable.

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

CCS students take core cirriuculm courses to support their journey throughout the four years on campus. These courses are not offered by other programs at TCNJ.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
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: Certificate of Completion in Career and Community Studies at The College of New Jersey
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Our students are fulltime college students so most of the CCS students do not engage in paid, competitive, integrated work while attending the program

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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation