Dual Enrollment - Through our pioneering dual-enrollment program, students, during their last year in high school, take part in a college transition experience at a local college. This allows the high school student to gain foundational college experiences while still enrolled in high school. Students spend time each week on the college campus taking courses, honing their social skills, advancing their independent living skills, and gaining training in professional work experiences.
Application Process - As a part of our transition support model, College Steps also helps with the completion of college applications, supports student’s preparation for college entrance exams, and provides workshops on practicing college interviewing. High school students leave College Steps with a refined outlook on their post-secondary goals and an increased confidence to continue their lifelong learning pursuits.
Lasting Relationships - We are proud of the numerous high schools with whom we are partnered throughout the country. As with the needs of the students we support, each high school partnership is unique. What makes College Steps stand apart is the time we take to build lasting relationships with our high school partners, to collaborate on problem solving around individual students, and to collectively forge unique transition experiences for the students we mutually serve.
The feedback we receive most often from families interested in College Steps is that there are too few viable post-secondary options to support the unique learning style and needs of their child. College Steps responds to this need by customizing the college supports needed for each student’s success.
Collaborative Support - While many colleges offer excellent disability support and academic tutoring services, the challenges that face many of the students College Steps supports transcend traditional support models offered at the college level. Families therefore look to College Steps to provide our unparalleled level of customized support.
Individual Supports - The support College Steps offers begins by carefully examining the student’s needs and working with the student and family to design a college support plan that compliments that student’s academic pursuits and enhances their overall level of academic and social success. College Steps prides itself on forging strong collaborations with the families with whom we work.
Essential Elements - These collaborations begin with daily communication logs, monthly planning meetings, and regular feedback sessions to ensure the student, family, and larger support system are achieving optimal collaboration.
Close Communication - We recognize the importance of strong connections with the families with whom we partner. Therefore we maintain detailed and frequent commination that begins with daily communication logs and includes monthly planning meetings, and regular feedback sessions to ensure the student, family, and larger support system are achieving optimal collaboration.
The level of dedicated and customized support that College Steps provides is unmatched and the outcomes our students achieve are unprecedented. Learn for yourself about how College Steps has worked to transform the learning trajectory of the students we support.
College Steps is honored to have the opportunity to partner with an ever-growing number of colleges throughout the country interested in innovating their support service models to meet the needs of a greater sector of their existing student population living with social and learning disabilities.
Innovative Partnership - The primary interest we hear from our college partners is a desire to enhance the traditional model of college-based academic and disability support services to include targeted partnerships with innovative, community-based organizations, designed to add to the college’s overall service delivery model.
Customized Support - The level of individualized support College Steps provides is an otherwise infeasible to achieve for most college partners. While many of the students College Steps supports meet or exceed the college entrance standards, without the level of customized support College Steps offers, many of these same students would experience significant struggle to complete college.
Tangible Impact - As a result, through forging a lasting partnership with College Steps, our college partners are not only enhancing their overall support service model but also increasing the potential of their student body and promoting the type of inclusionary practice central to their mission.
College Steps collaborates with a variety of governmental agencies to offer innovative college-based educational opportunities for children and young adults ages 16-26.
Lifelong Impact - Partnerships with state level agencies in the fields of disability services, education, vocational rehabilitation and Medicaid have helped countless graduates of College Steps achieve a higher level of education, improved employment outcomes, and, ultimately, a higher degree of independent living.
Successful Outcomes - We are grateful for the opportunities to collaborate with state and local agencies in the advancement of service delivery options. The investment of time and resources that our agency collaborators have historically placed in College Steps speaks to the quality of our outcomes and innovation of our services.
Equal Access - Further, in many cases, collaboration with state and local agencies allows for improved access to College Steps services for the students and families who otherwise would be unable to access the programming.
Through consistent and open communication, we are committed to the student, family, and larger support system in achieving all their post-secondary educational goals.
We maintain detailed historical and daily communications including;
Frequently Asked Questions/Reference Materials
Individualized College Plan (ICP)
Weekly Path and Planning Report
As part of the student’s support team, you will be invited to access to all the above information.
We offer an online digital connection through shared files, using Google Drive.
(This option is currently offered at the following programs: Norwalk Community College, American International College, Westchester Community College, NOVA Annandale, NOVA Loudoun and County College of Morris.)
Setting up and using Google Drive will take about 15 minutes and will require certain system requirements particular to your computer device. Below is a brief introduction as well as informative links to help answer any of your Google specific questions. Should you have additional questions, please contact our administrator at email@example.com
Step 1: Go to drive.google.com - You’ll see "My Drive," which has:
Files and folders you upload or sync
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms you create
Detailed instructions HERE for computers, Androids, iPhones/iPads
Step 2: Program Coordinator Invite - You’ll receive an email invitation:
The email will read: “Program Coordinator”@collegesteps.org has invited you to contribute to the following shared folder: (folder icon)
Click on the OPEN button in the email to access the student folder
We recommend using an already existing Google email account or creating a gmail account, as these are most compatible with Google Drive.