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Rockland Community College Partners with College Steps to Assist Area Students with Disabilities

Rockland Community College Partners with College Steps  to Assist Area Students with Disabilities

College Steps and RCC Info Session

Public information session set for February 12

DATE: February 8, 2019

RAMAPO, NY – Rockland Community College and College Steps have announced a partnership to enhance the college experience for area students living with disabilities, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and developmental disabilities. The new initiative, which will begin in Fall 2019, directly aligns with the College’s mission to promote understanding by offering a variety of academic and social experiences, as well as its commitment to building greater access, opportunity, and equity.

“Many students can benefit from the additional support services offered by this partnership with College Steps,” said Monica Jackson, Director of Accessibility Services at Rockland Community College. “The additional funding provided by ACESS-VR [of which College Steps is a vendor] has enabled this partnership to move forward. ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.”

Rockland Community College is joining more than a dozen other post-secondary institutions across six states that also partner with College Steps, a nonprofit organization with operations stretching from Vermont to Virginia. College Steps supports young adults living with social, communication, or learning challenges via a unique individualized and peer-based model. It serves both high school transition students interested in a college experience prior to graduation, as well as students already enrolled in college. College Steps’ primary goal is to prepare students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation from college, placing a strong emphasis on self-advocacy, social competencies, employment, and independent living skills. Students work with trained peer mentors who are supported by a full-time, on-site program coordinator at Rockland Community College.

“We are very excited to be working with Rockland Community College and the surrounding high schools in Connecticut,” noted Lauren Merritt, College Steps’ co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. “Our efforts complement the existing work of Rockland Community College and attract additional talented students interested in our model of support. We look forward to meeting new families, high schools, and community partners to collaboratively build sustainable and long-term options for transition-aged youth living with disabilities.” Prospective students, families, school district personnel, and advocates interested in learning more about this exciting new initiative are invited to attend a special information session at Finkelstein Library in Spring Valley, N.Y., on February 12. Attendees will learn about specific services offered, including the individualized support model, admissions process and associated costs.

WHAT: College Steps / Rockland Community College Information Session

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12 at Noon

WHERE: Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, N.Y. 10977

PARKING: Finkelstein Library Parking Lot

The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 enrollment with College Steps at Rockland Community College is April 1, 2019. Additional information is available at

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CONTACT: Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247