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Vocational Independence Program

Vocational Independence Program
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Vocational Independence Program
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
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Program Contact Kelly Glover
Phone 718-405-3241

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 as they continue on with college-level academics and/or prepare to enter the world of work.

Program information submitted: March 24, 2021

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
Number of students: 15
Description of our summer transition program:
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 95.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Retention rates not accurate, as the program was acquired by CMSV in July 2020.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $55320.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $55320.00
Room and board: $14380.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: All CMSV-VIP students are eligible to audit college-level courses. Students who meet assessment criteria are eligible take college-level courses for credit.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Career and Community Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 30%
We offer the following specialized credentials: All CMSV-VIP are eligible to participate in career exploration classes and participate in experiential learning opportunities, including on and off-campus internships and job exploration.
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: All CMSV-VIP students join at least one on-campus student club through the Student Government Association. There are over 30 extracurricular clubs on-campus to choose from. 80% of students participate in the CMSV Best Buddies chapter on-campus.