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New program launched to meet the needs of adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities

2010-12-14

For those with significant learning challenges, St. Lawrence College has long provided part-time opportunities to learn new, relevant skills. Starting in fall 2011, on the Kingston campus, SLC will expand those opportunities with the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program. This two-year, full-time certificate program is designed for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, as well as those with acquired brain injury or other significant learning challenges, the opportunity to complete a college program in preparation for entry level jobs, or possible further education in a diploma program.

This is welcome news to Elaine Johns, whose son, Reid has been taking part-time courses in general education and computer application for the last three semesters, and is planning to apply to the CICE program for the fall. "St. Lawrence has been incredibly supportive to my son and others, who are learning on their own schedule," she said. "If he is accepted into this full-time program, he would have the full breadth of the college experience, while developing skills that he can eventually use in the job market. It’s a very exciting opportunity."

Students will have the opportunity to complete an individualized program of study based on their interests, and class curriculum is modified to meet their academic abilities. They will also have the chance to complete supervised field placement experiences.

"We’re so excited to be able to offer this program," said Robin Hicks, Associate Dean, School of Community Services for St. Lawrence College. "We know of many individuals who have been waiting for the chance to go to a post-secondary program that suits their unique learning needs. This will give them the opportunity to develop jobs skills that will benefit them, and our community."

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the college website, www.stlawrencecollege.ca, for more information or apply at ontariocolleges.ca. Program information: Katherine Gallinger, CICE Program Liaison, St. Lawrence College, 613-544-5400.

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

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For media information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291