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Nazareth College Welcomes LifePrep@Naz Program

  • Published: August 16, 2011

Highlights

  • For 18-21 year old students and young adults with developmental disabilities
  • Allows individuals to continue their education while working towards employment
  • Collaboration among Nazareth, Victor Central School District and The Arc of Monroe County

For More Information

Contact Ellen Contopidis at (585) 389-2916 or econtop4@naz.edu.

Nazareth College Welcomes LifePrep@Naz Program

Nazareth College is proud to announce LifePrep@Naz, a brand new pilot program starting this fall, in collaboration with the Victor Central School District and The Arc of Monroe County. The LifePrep@Naz program is an interagency campus based program for 18-21 year old students and young adults with developmental disabilities. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.  For more information, please contact Ellen Contopidis at (585) 389-2916 or econtop4@naz.edu .

LifePrep@Naz will provide community learning experiences that allow for the transformation of individuals with developmental disabilities from students to self-determined contributors in our society. The goal of the program is for individuals to continue their education while working towards competitive employment. Students in the program will have a menu of Nazareth College classes that they can be a guest in--one class per semester – that is based on personal interests and future goals. The students will also take a daily core curriculum to develop and improve functional life skills.

“The Arc of Monroe County is thrilled to be collaborating with Nazareth College and Victor Schools to offer LifePrep@Naz, a college experience program for individuals with developmental disabilities,” says Chief Operating Officer Tracy Petrichick. “This experience will give individuals the opportunity to continue their education on a college campus while providing them with the tools to find competitive employment in the community. It represents the mission, vision, and values of The Arc and promotes diversity in a way that betters our entire community.”

Nazareth faculty members can volunteer to have an interested student in their classroom. The program’s students will attend with a peer mentor. The program will also provide opportunities for LifePrep students to engage in campus wide activities with same age peers.  This access to a campus based program is designed to support these students in the transition from school to employment.  As one future LifePrep students said during a campus visit, “It means we will be official adults.”

“Nazareth College is excited to collaborate with the Arc of Monroe and Victor Central School District on the LifePrep@Naz program, which for us, is a true integration of our curricular and co-curricular educational experiences,” says Nazareth’s Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement Nuala Boyle. “Our Nazareth students will have the opportunities to become mentors, friends, and co-learners with the LifePrep students through the many work study, volunteer, service-learning, internship and practicum opportunities. LifePrep@Naz is just one more example of how Nazareth College is an inclusive learning environment that embraces diversity.”

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