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Turning Point Program

Turning Point Program
Bergen Community College
Turning Point Program
400 Paramus Road
Pitkin Building, Room-L-121
Paramus, NJ 7652
Program Contact Tracy Rand, Donna Collins
Email Turningpoint@bergen.edu
Phone 201.493.4087
Website http://bergen.edu/current-students/student-services-departments/disability-servi...
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The program utilizes student-centered planning, enhanced academic and peer mentoring support to provide an inclusive college experience that promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the areas of career/vocational skill development, academic enrichment, and socialization. Program goals focus on assisting students in developing the skills and experiences necessary to prepare them for adult life in the areas of employment, self-determination and decision making skills. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a non-degree Certificate of Achievement through the Division of Continuing Education. The Division of Continuing Education and Turning Point Program are now teaming up to offer a variety of Career Path credentialing options to enrolled students. Successful completion of these credentialing options will assist students in attaining competitive employment within their chosen field after graduation. Current Career Path options include: Child Development, Associate Dietary Aide, Certified Logistics and Manufacturing, and OSHA 10, Office Technology, Hospitality and Retail
The Turning Point Program at Bergen Community College, is a two-year inclusive postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities ages 18-30 for students who are dual-enrolled under IDEA or have exited high school. The program is full time, non-residential and located on Bergen Community College’s campus in Paramus, NJ. Students do not have to reside in Bergen County or the State of New Jersey to participate. Turning Point’s approach utilizes student-centered planning, enhanced academic and peer mentoring support to provide an inclusive college experience that promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the areas of career/vocational skill development, academic enrichment, and socialization. Program goals focus on assisting students in developing the skills and experiences necessary to prepare for adult life in the areas of employment, self-determination, self-advocacy and decision making. Academic coursework is modified to meet a 3rd – 5th grade equivalency in reading and math. Students also have the opportunity to take non-modified college level electives in an area of interest and a Career Pathway Credentialing and Certification Course that will align with a student’s vocational goal. Turning Point students have access to all facilities, resources and student support services that are available to anyone enrolled at Bergen Community College. Students participate in campus clubs, activities and service learning projects sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Turning Point provides Pre-Employment Transition Services including job exploration coaching, work-based learning experiences both on the Bergen Community College Campus and in supported internships in each student’s local community, workplace readiness training, soft skill and social skill development as well as instruction in self-advocacy. Travel training is provided in year two as students prepare for their off-campus internships. Students will explore career options, receive feedback based on skill assessments and determine their vocational goal based on skills, abilities and interests. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a non-degree Certificate of Achievement through the Division of Continuing Education. The Division of Continuing Education and Turning Point Program offer a variety of Career Path credentialing options to enrolled students that offer them the opportunity to earn industry-valued certifications and credentials. Successful completion of these credentialing options will assist students in attaining competitive employment within their chosen field after graduation with the assistance of the program’s career placement specialists.

Program information submitted: April 8, 2021

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
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
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-30
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Must have ID but also accept students with co-morbid diagnoses.
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 50.00%
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 $7500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $8500.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available: In previous years students could request scholarship assistance through the college foundation. Funds are currently unavailable due to pandemic.