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Middlesex Transition Academy College Experience

The new Bridges program, enrolling for Fall 2020, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to take courses or training at area community colleges or post-secondary training institutes or virtual classrooms while simultaneously receiving vocational training and instruction and experiences to develop other skills necessary for transition to adulthood. Middlesex Transition Academy currently works collaboratively with Middlesex Community College supporting student programming which is individualized to meet their unique needs. Middlesex Transition Academy staff provides the support needed to optimize student success over the course of their enrollment in the Bridges program. 
 
This program is designed to help students successfully trial and manage the college experience. It is not an academic support program. Staff will not be taking classes with your student; the student is responsible for completing the work assigned with minimal support. 
 
Parents and their student will be responsible for registering their students, paying for tuition and college costs (e.g. books, materials, supplies), and applying for financial aid.
 
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Components of this program include:
    • College preparation and/or experience
    • Vocational preparation and experience
    • Independent living skills instruction and practice
    • Community access and transportation practice
    • Social skills instruction and group
    • Technology access
    • Self-advocacy instruction and practice
    • Related Services (speech and language, social work, other services as dictated by student IEP)
    • Adult Service Agency Coordination
 
College preparation and experience components include:
    • College skill assessment
    • Self-advocacy instruction to help students understand their unique profile and assistance in requesting appropriate accommodations
    • Helping students determine the most appropriate introductory college experience suited to their needs
    • Helping students select the college path which matches their goals and interests
    • Visits to campus to orient students
    • Assistance connecting with financial aid 
    • Assistance connecting and meeting with disability services including scheduling appointments and regular communication with the disability coordinator
    • Instruction in “college survival skills”
    • Accuplacer preparation and scheduling
    • Assistance with application, scheduling, and registering for classes
    • Assistance connecting with tutors and the Academic Success Center
    • Transportation training to the college site
    • Introduction to learning platforms (e.g. Blackboard)
    • Executive functioning skills support and intervention (e.g. tracking and prioritizing assignments, time management)
    • Assistance connecting with other students through extracurricular activities (e.g. signing up for clubs, activities, etc.)