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					Imagine the Possibilities:
Is College Right for You?

         MTSA Conference
   Thursday March 18th, 10:00 am
             Lisa Kisiel
          Shannon McVoy
  Michigan Commission for the Blind
 What it’s REALLY like to be a college student
 Living in the dorms
 Advocating for MY OWN needs with my
 Arranging all my own transportation
 Having a part-time job
 Making new friends
 Being responsible for EVERYTHING
College Preparatory Program
College Prep is a 7-week program designed to:
  *provide a well-rounded opportunity for students to
  get a realistic impression of college
  *give students an opportunity to experience college
  *determine what accommodations will work best in a
  college setting
  *use self-advocacy skills to facilitate accommodations
  needed for college classes
College Preparatory Program
 Who:
     Students who are blind and visually impaired
     Commission for the Blind consumers
     High School Juniors/Senior OR
     Individuals who are attending college for the
      first time as a person who is blind or visually
The 411 of College Prep
                  Why:
                  giving potential college
                   students the opportunity to
                   take a class for credit and
                   find out what it’s like to be a
                   college student
                  encouraging students by
                   providing an opportunity to
                   utilize and enhance their
                   skills of independence prior
                   to becoming a full-time
                   college student
                  Providing students an
                   opportunity to learn about
                   themselves and make plans
                   for their education and future
                   employment goals
College Prep 101

                    Where:
                      Western Michigan
                       Kalamazoo campus
                     Summer II Semester
                       (July-mid August)
                       each year
College Prep 101
 WMU General Education Class (3 credit
 On-campus Work Experience
 Empowering Yourself for Success in Your
  College Experience
 Study Skills Workshops
Class choices for Summer 2010
   Communication 1000 Community Engagement M/W 12-12:30. 2037 Brown Hall 31711
   This course will introduce and develop basic skills in major areas of communication, with an emphasis on
    the ways in which those skills can be used to engage and improve the communities in which we live. The
    course will address ethics, media literacy, citizen-oriented journalism, public dialogue, intergroup
    communication, co-cultural communication, team and service leadership, appreciative inquiry, and
    interpersonal communication.
   Communication 1040 Public Speaking M/W 3-5:30. 2045 Brown Hall 31712
   Study of the application of principles of communication underlying effective oral presentations, with
    attention given to speaking in business, professional and public settings. Includes practice in preparing,
    presenting and evaluating speeches and other forms of oral presentations. This course may be offered in
    an accelerated format.
   Communication 1700 Interpersonal Communication T/R 12-2:30. 3003 Brown Hall 31877
   An introductory course in communication theory and practice in which students utilize their powers of
    speech to increase their effectiveness in interpersonal relations through understanding of self and others.
    This course may be offered in an accelerated format.
   History 1000 Early Western World M/W 9-11:30. 3201 Dunbar Hall 31731
   Survey of the major political and cultural developments in the ancient near east, Greece, Rome, and
    medieval Europe to approximately 1500.
   History 2110 American History since 1877 T/R 9-11:30. 3202 Dunbar Hal l31073
   General survey of United States history with emphasis on the twentieth-century American experience.
   Psychology 1000 General Psychology T/R 12-2:30. 1728 Wood Hall 31339
   An eclectic approach to a social and behavioral survey of major topics in psychology, including learning,
    motivation, intelligence, personality, mental illness, and social relations. Approved for General Education.
Studying in College?
Yes, you really DO study!

 Students participate in a study skills workshop that
  assists them in learning and refining study skills
 Good study habits are encouraged to facilitate
  success in a college environment
Workshop Topics:
 Accessing Websites, Bulletin Boards and
  online resources
 Campus Resources:
     METL Lab (Multi-Enabling Technology Lab
     Writing Lab
     Tutors
     Library
Workshop Topics:
 Accommodations in College
     Many students are used to having the
      assistance of a parapro or teacher consultant
     Students learn how to ask for
      accommodations and speak with their
      instructors in a productive and effective
      manner in order to obtain what they need
Types of Accommodations
 Large print                  Accommodations
 Electronic copies of          should be documented
    books/handouts              from the IEP in high
   Emailing of notes           school
    and/or power point         Students need to
    presentations               understand what
   Extra Test Time             accommodations they
                                need including print size
   Reader/Scribe for tests     if requesting large print
   Testing in a different
 Students are expected to         Students need a State ID
  arrive with necessary              and other documentation
  accommodations that they           needed to work (if under 18
  will need to be successful in      need a work permit signed
  the program                        by their home school)
 Students need to have a         Students should have a means
  planner of some type to keep       to take notes
  up with their schedules              Braille slate/stylus
 Students should arrive with a        Computer
  computer and adaptive                Large Print
  software if needed OR they
                                       Digital Recorder
  can access WMU’s
  computer lab                         Other
Dorm Life
 Students live
  independently in the
  dorms during Summer II
 Dorm staff do a brief
  orientation for our
 Students are given a
  weekly stipend check
 Students are
  responsible for getting
  their own meals
Work Experience
 Students have a real college work experience
 Students are paid minimum wage or higher
  depending on the job
 Students work approximately 5-10 hours per
 Students schedule hours around their class
Work while in college?
Who does that?

 MCB partners with WMU’s Career Planning and Placement office to
  identify on-campus job opportunities for College Prep Students
 Students participate in an employment seminar learning the
  expectations of employers during this on campus work experience
How do students access these on
campus work experiences?
                    Select jobs of interest
                     and availability, then
                     contact the WMU
                     department offering the
                    Complete a job
                     application and
                    Departments then hire
                     the student of their
Work Experience: Options
 Career and Student Employment Services
 Geography Department
 Landscape Services
 Department of Blindness and Low Vision
 Recreation Center
 Office of President
 Dance Department
Work Experience/Accommodations
 Accommodations such as labeling information in
  Braille/large print screen readers may be necessary
  to allow the opportunity for equal access in the work
 Employer, student and MCB staff work together to
  determine and implement the appropriate
 This requires skills of self advocacy and strong
  communication in order to communicate needs and
  determine the best plan to receive the most effective
After it’s all done.
 Most students either return to High School, or
  continue onto college.
 Others may choose after this experience to
  take some time to re-address needs such as:
      independent living skills
     travel skills
     or even more academic training
What the students say:
 Many students indicate that the program
  really assisted them in preparing for college
 Some students admit that although they may
  not have seen the immediate purpose for the
  program, once they got into a college
  program the information and activities made
How does it this all work?

To participate in the
  College Prep Program,
  students MUST:
      Be an MCB consumer
      Have an IPE written
      Complete the MCB
       College Assessment
Typical Costs:
 MCB is able to fund this program out of our
   Vocational Rehabilitation budget
      Tuition $935 for a 3 credit class
      Books $150 (approximate cost)
      Lodging $835
      Maintenance Check $630 ($90 for 7 weeks)
      Paid Work Experience $300 (approximate cost)
      Study Skills Workshop $100
      Total Cost: $2750

 Our partnerships with WMU,
  and other agencies and
  individual’s are critical to
  making this program
  happen. Without this support
  we could not do what we do
 We are able to hire an
  instructor to teach the study
  skills work shop as a fee for
  service employee
 Some students were able to
  utilize the WIA Summer
  Employment Program to pay
  wages for the work
Imagine the Possibilities:
 College Prep allows
  students to try college
  with added supports
  and assistance
 This program could
  easily be replicated for
  other students with
  disabilities at other
  Universities or Colleges