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Nazareth Named Business Partner of the Year

  • Published: July 16, 2012

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Alicia Nestle (585) 389-2457

Nazareth Named Business Partner of the Year

The Arc of Monroe County honored community and business partners at its 2012 Annual Meeting. The Arc named Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College, and Nazareth College as the Business Partner of the Year.  Braveman and Nazareth College were chosen because of the collaboration that is happening with the LifePrep@Naz  Program. Braveman and Nazareth College were recognized for their commitment to The Arc’s mission and their dedicated efforts to improving the way The Arc does business.

The LifePrep@Naz Program, a collaboration between Nazareth's Ellen Contopidis, associate professor in the School of Education, the College’s Center for Civic Engagement, Nazareth campus faculty and staff, the Arc of Monroe County, and the Victor Central School District, debuted in the fall of 2011. It is a program that gives students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to have a campus-based experience at Nazareth. There are currently thirteen LifePrep students enrolled at Nazareth. These students are supported by three direct care staff and almost forty Nazareth student mentors. Of the  thirteen students, six are school-aged and come from various local school districts, including Victor, Brighton, Honeoye-Falls, and Bloomfield. The other seven students are sponsored by the Arc of Monroe County.

For more than 50 years, The Arc of Monroe County has been working with and for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc offers a variety of services designed to increase independence and self-sufficiency, and enhance the quality of life and self-esteem of program participants by providing them with meaningful social development, employment, community living, and enrichment opportunities.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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