Turning Point Program

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

*Dietary Aide

*Certified Logistics Associatie

*OSHA 10

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.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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2 Responses to Turning Point Program

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the college for more information on the program.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jwatrel says:

    This information was taken directly from the college and I give the college full credit for the information.

    Liked by 1 person

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