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Vocational Independence Program

Vocational Independence Program
College of Mount St. Vincent
Vocational Independence Program
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
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The Vocational Independence Program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV-VIP) offers students with learning differences a unique college experience, combining community and campus inclusion with rich engagement in academics, career preparation, and student life. At the College, VIP is expanded to encompass not only vocational preparation but also campus and community inclusion, and opportunities for participation in campus life for every student.

The CMSV-VIP curriculum seeks to foster students’ self-advocacy, career exploration, social skills, and academic engagement, through participation in traditional college-level courses, the VIP curriculum, diverse internship experiences, experiential learning opportunities, and residential student life. The CMSV-VIP program prepares students for successful post-graduate lives with a focused outcome on independent living and employment.

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)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
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)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • 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:

<p>VIP students all participate in the VIP Curriculum and also have optional access to credit coursework&nbsp; 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.</p>

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

<p>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.</p>

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:

<p>Apart from the variety of activities offered by the college 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.</p>

Last updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 11:28