This one year noncredit program will take place at North Shore Community College's Lynn campus. Students will take most of their classes as a group or cohort. Students will be included in college life through access to college facilities and participation in student activities. Each student will have access to the Campus Pipeline electronic communication system and personal email.
Project Access: Bridge to the Future will admit students with intellectual disabilities 18 to 26 years of age who would like a college experience but do not meet entrance criteria for North Shore Community College credit programs. Twelve to fifteen students will be admitted to the program each year. All classes will take place on the North Shore Community College's Lynn campus. There may be some travel on public transportation within the local community.
Project Access: Bridge to the Future has two major goals. First the program will provide young people with intellectual disabilities who do not meet North Shore Community College entrance requirements access to a noncredit college experience. Second, Project Access: Bridge to the Future will help prepare the student for meaningful employment and /or independent living.
Project Access: Bridge to the Future classes will focus on two main areas: Communication Skills and Independent Living /Workforce Skills. The course of study will include vocational skill building and intellectual challenges such as Reading and Writing Poetry, Personal Success Seminar, Current Events and Career Planning. Program orientation will take place over four weeks and will include skill building in the areas of computer technology, accessing public transportation and navigating a college campus and the community.
Classes will be held three days a week in the afternoon.
Tuition for the 2014 - 2015 school year is twenty-five hundred dollars ($2500.00) per semester. Tuition is payable before the start of each semester. Scholarship money is available for qualified students.