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Vocational Independence Program

Vocational Independence Program
New York Institute of Technology
Vocational Independence Program
Northern Blvd.
Old Westbury, NY 11568
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Program Contact Walter Mayer, LMSW
Phone 631-348-3139

Established in 1987, The Vocational Independence Program at New York Institute of Technology is a residential, college-based postsecondary transition program located in Old Westbury, N.Y., for young adults with learning differences and Autism spectrum diagnoses. Since 1987, VIP has been helping students develop skills and accumulate experiences that help them reach their social, independent living, and work/college readiness goals.

Public or private: Private
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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 48
Description of our summer transition program:
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling Admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+ (for VIP); 17+ (for summer)
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other conditions that affect cognitive abilities
Program length: 3 years
Tuition amount: $48,758.00
Room and board: $11,750.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

VIP students all participate in the VIP Curriculum and also have optional access to credit coursework at NYIT at their own pace, on a non-matriculated basis. Interested and qualified students may also enroll in an Associates Degree Program as a VIP student and earn a degree during their three years at VIP.

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

VIP offers a diverse and dynamic curriculum geared toward individual student success. The classroom experience helps each student maximize his or her potential for independence. VIP focuses on the acquisition of social, independent living, executive functioning and employment skills. Students participate in VIP courses and also participate in community-based internships and/or credit courses at NYIT.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion of the CTP
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Apart from the variety of activities offered by NYIT organizations to all students, VIP runs its own activities and trips every day of the week. On weekday evenings, our Residence Life staff creates and runs activities in the residence hall (yoga, dance parties, game nights, karaoke, crafts, workout sessions, etc.). On the weekends, our students typically can choose from four organized off-campus trips to places like the movies, a bowling alley, sporting events, malls, and museums.

Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 13:43