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Think Ahead

Think Ahead
Dutchess Community College
Think Ahead
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Program Contact Linda Bertolozzi
Program Contact Email bertoloz@sunydutchess.edu
Phone 845-431-8055
Website Program website

Think Ahead is a two-year, credit free college experience for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who reside in Dutchess County, NY intended to prepare participants for gainful employment.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

General
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: 18
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: program open to Dutchess County residents only at this time
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: varies from year to year
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 70.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 90.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00
School supplies and meals while on campus
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:
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Course audits are optional at this time, participants decide whether they wish to participate or not. If CTP funding becomes a necessity, the program requirements will need to be adjusted and require participation in activities with students who are not Think Ahead participants.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Cohort classes run from 9 am - Noon each M/W/F for 15 week fall and spring semesters. Think Ahead participants currently have the option to audit credit bearing classes, participate in on-campus work experiences and/or attend campus events/club meetings.
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? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion
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:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation