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University Pathways Program

A Post University and EdAdvance Collaboration


A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSITION PROGRAM

The University Pathways Program (UPP) at Post University in collaboration with EdAdvance is an 11-month program that provides comprehensive transition services for learners of all exceptionalities aged 17-21. The UPP program at Post offers two distinct pathways for learners to reach their transition goals in an appropriate cohort with the necessary supports. Both pathways are aligned with the Connecticut Core Transitions Skills.

The University Students Pathway

The University Students Pathway program is for learners who have the cognitive capacity to complete university level work. This pathway provides support in the areas including, but not limited to, executive functioning, employment/vocational training, social skills, and/or independent living. The UPP learners earn up to 12 college credits upon completion of the program. The Emerging Students Pathway program is for fully supported learners with goals focused on future outcomes in their own community. This pathway provides support in the areas including, but not limited to, functional academics, executive functioning, independent living, social skills and/or employment/vocational training in a university setting.

The Emerging Students Pathway

The Emerging Students Pathway program is for fully supported learners with goals focused on future outcomes in their own community. This pathway provides support in the areas including, but not limited to, functional academics, executive functioning, independent living, social skills and/or employment/vocational training in a university setting.

Top 5 Reasons To Consider UPP

The University Pathways (UPP) program is conveniently located on the Post University campus in Waterbury, CT.

Students enjoy a full college experience with access to all Post University facilities, support services, clubs, athletic events, social opportunities, and much more.

The University Pathway offers courses for college credit. The Emerging Pathway offers the opportunity to audit a course. Small class sizes allow for a variety of learning opportunities.

The staff works with students, families, and school districts to develop an individualized program, which includes opportunities on the Post University campus, surrounding areas, and home community.

Students receive support from a certified special education teacher, a licensed clinical social worker, transition coordinators, related service providers, and community coaches.

University Pathways Program FAQ’s

What is the model for the program?
The University Pathways Program (UPP) is a full service transition program offering all special education services necessary to make progress on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives in the areas of academic, social/emotional and transition, while being on a University campus.

What is the program schedule?
The standard UPP program is from 8am-2pm beginning in July for extended school year (ESY), followed by a traditional school year schedule, August through June. The program can be individualized to meet the student’s needs.

What types of support does the program provide?
Academic, social, vocational, and recreational opportunities are all based on the Post campus. Services are delivered by certified and non-certified staff in conjunction with peer mentors.

Who are the peer mentors?
Peer mentors providing support to both the University Student and Emerging Student Pathways are well-vetted, outgoing, open-minded Psychology, Human Services, Education and Child Studies Students enrolled at Post University. These mentors are tasked with modeling unfamiliar activities, facilitating social conversation, problem-solving in and out of the classroom, and small group leadership. Students who complete the University Pathways Program and return as fully matriculating students at Post University are automatically invited to return as peer mentors for incoming UPP students.

What is the target population?
Students who are between the ages of 17 to 21 and have completed their high school graduation requirements, however still require support to reach their IEP goals for successful transition into adulthood.

Are students expected to take college classes?
Within the University Students Pathway, students are expected to enroll in one transition skill-building course as well as two for-credit courses per semester. The for-credit courses include three core required courses plus one elective course. There is an opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits in total upon completion of the program. Within the Emerging Students Pathway, students will have the opportunity to explore college learning through structured course-audit experiences as applicable or desired.

Are students expected to be independent?
Students are expected to maintain safe behavioral norms at all times while on campus. Each student must complete the intake process to determine if he/she is accepted into the program.

What are activities the students participate in?
Students have accessibility to all clubs, events and social gatherings offered by Post. Students also have the opportunity, with staff support, to plan, execute and enjoy trips into the local community.

What are the vocational opportunities?
Students have the opportunity for volunteer and paid work experiences on the Post campus and local community.

Who are the program staff?
All program staff are certified in their professional fields (special education, social work, vocational support, and other related services) and hold the appropriate licensure.

Are students in the program considered fully matriculated Post students?
While students in the University Students Pathway program do have the opportunity to earn college credits during their time in the University Pathways Program, a matriculated enrollment status is reserved for students who complete the UPP program, are awarded their high school diploma, apply, and are accepted into Post University as a full or part-time main campus or online student.

How do students apply?
The University Pathways Program takes pride in working with all stakeholders throughout the intake process. The program only accepts applications that are completed in collaboration with the family and school district. Start by contracting your school district staff.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Please feel free to contact Jillian Frey jifrey@post.edu  or Joe Kowalczyk Transition@edadvance.org  with any program questions.

2019-2020 Calendar: Emerging Students
Please download a PDF of the 2019-2020 Calendar: Emerging Students.
2019-2020 Calendar: University Students

Please download a PDF of the 2019-2020 Calendar: University Students.

Listen to the University Partnerships Program(UPP) team on WATR radio.

For additional information, contact:
Joe Kowalczyk
860.567.0863 ext. 1217
Transition@edadvance.org
or
Jil Frey, LCSW
203.596.4533
jifrey@post.edu