College Steps Open House for Cognitively Impaired Students
Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host a College Steps Program Open House on Thursday, January 30, in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery from 12 to 2 p.m.
Last fall, the College partnered with the College Steps Program (CSP), joining two other Vermont Colleges engaged in this innovative program: Castleton State and Johnson State. The Program provides students with cognitive impairments (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities) with an opportunity to participate in a modified two-year college experience. This experience helps students to acquire academic, social, vocational and independent living skills. Students in this program will obtain a certificate upon completion of the requirements. CSP will recruit and hire undergraduates at SVC to serve as peer mentors to help promote the integration of CSP scholars on campus.
The academic component of College Steps suggests students take one class per semester. Prior to enrolling in classes, the Program Director will work with students and to professors to ensure proper fit within the classroom. Students are fully supported in and out of class with the completion of their academic assignments. This program will also help SVC engage with members of the Greater Bennington community in new and important ways, preparing them to be the citizens of tomorrow. For more information, contact Program Director Oakes at 802-447-4078 or e-mail [email protected] Additional information on CSP is available at collegesteps.org.