Turning Point Program
Bergen Community College
Pitkin Education Center
L-121 (201) 493-4087
The Turning Point is a unique two year post-secondary experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities interested in continuing their education. The program utilized student-centered planning, enhanced academic and peer mentoring support to provide an inclusive college experience that promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the areas of academic enrichment, socialization and career, vocational skill development. Program goals focus on assisting students in developing the skills and experience necessary to prepare them for adult life in the areas of employment, self-determination and decision making skills. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements will receive a non-degree Certificate of Achievement through the Division of Continuing Education.
The Division of Continuing Education and Turning Point Program are now partnering to offer a variety of Career Path credentialing options to enrolled students. Successful completion of these credentialing options will assist students in obtaining competitive employment within their chosen field. Current Career Path options include:
*Child Development Associate
*Certified Logistics Associatie
Located at Bergen Community College’s Paramus campus, the Turning Point Program is open to young adults with mild intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18-30 years of age. This comprehensive four semester program of study is designed to prepare young adults to be more independent and engaged members of their community. Applications interested in applying will need to complete an admissions application and meet all program eligibility criteria prior to being considered for this program. Due to space limitations, not all applications who meet the minimum criteria will accepted into Turning Point Program as enrollment is limited to 10-15 students each year.
For additional information about the Turning Point Program or to get answers to specific questions, please reach out to us. Garden State Pathways to Independence for Students with Intellectuals Disabilities Project.