It doesn't get any funnier than this, folks. A college program for
intellectually disabled. Next on the agenda is the recruitment of
Nazis by a jewish synagogue, and the recruitment of blacks for the
KKK. This program might be perfect for Sannicandro's son and
Framingham police officers
that I've met.
I'm guessing that there will be an honor roll for those that are minimally exceptional.
Suggested courses to be offered:
Quantum Theory For The Retarded
The Idiocracy Is Looming In The Horizon.
This program is perfectly suited for Framingham. The Metrowest Center For Idiocy and Retardation.
Remember to Choose Framingham
Another success for Sannicandro and Son.
This is indeed a no-brainer program.
|College program for intellectually disabled to expand||June 24, 2014|
|Scott O'Connell 508-626-4449||Framingham Tab|
FRAMINGHAM - A "revolutionary" program that makes college a reality for students with intellectual disabilities is poised for expansion in the region, a representative for MassBay Community College said Monday night.
But for the state-funded Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) program to see growth statewide, school districts may have to start chipping in more, a Boston schools administrator said.
About 50 people showed up at MassBay's Flagg Drive campus Monday to learn more about ICE, as well as MassBay's own Transitional Scholars Program, which the school created three years ago when its ICE grant from the state expired. Both programs aim to enroll intellectually disabled students over the age of 18 in college courses alongside their non-disabled peers.
Unlike ICE, however, MassBay's program allows students to continue to stay enrolled past 22. But the college also has to charge $5,000 per semester, which covers the cost of tutoring and other services provided to students in the program. ICE programs, which are offered at many other colleges and universities in the state, are free to students.
Still, Rep. Tom Sannicandro, who called both programs a "revolutionary idea" in the effort to help disabled students transition to life after high school, said MassBay is "a success story" in its ability to continue an ICE-like program after its funding ran out. This year, the college plans to expand Transitional Scholars to its Framingham campus - currently the program is only offered at MassBay's main Wellesley campus - as well as provide new internships, said Jayme Feinstein, who coordinates the school's program.
"Our hope tonight is to think about ways to create new programs across the state," she said, calling the idea behind ICE a "no-brainer."
Since MassBay began offering ICE in 2007, Feinstein said the college now has evidence showing students in that program as well as Transitional Scholars not only go on to find work and in some cases obtain an associate's degree, but they also learn how to better function in society and advocate for themselves.
"It's what happened on the campus, but it's also what he learned to do beyond it," said Julia Heffernan, whose son, Brian, entered MassBay's program in 2009 out of Newton North High School.
Brian, who had been a theater student at Newton North, took it upon himself to start a glee club at MassBay when he learned the campus didn't have one, for example. He also learned how to use public transportation, and constantly uses it to get to his job at the State House, one of several positions he currently holds.
"There is a lot I like about working at the State House," he said. "I like the busy atmosphere there, and I like all the people I've met. It also makes me feel important to work at the state house."
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