The TCNJ Career & Community Studies Program (CCS) is a college-based, liberal studies program designed to prepare students (ages 18-25) for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery and preparation and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners. Students wanting to be considered for this program must present a disability that is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, seeking a post-secondary experience on a college campus and requires a strong system of supports. Students must be highly motivated young adults who have received extensive educational services in either public or private schools and would likely have considerable difficulty succeeding in a traditional college degree program.
We Believe That:
All young adults go through a similar developmental process that requires certain activities, experiences & supports.
All young adults must develop skills & understandings about themselves and the world around them, in order to fully participate in society and to become successful interdependent adults.
Higher education has value as a vehicle for self-empowerment and access, to social networks, work & independence
Liberal learning promotes the development of critical thinking, self- reflection, and a better understanding of the inter-relatedness required for civic responsibility.
Group membership provides essential motivation and support for learning and participation in community life.