Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

Post Secondary Schools


Massachusetts Schools:

School Name Program Name Program Length Age Range Location Board Telephone /email
CIP Worldwide College Internship Program (CIP) Berkshire
3 - 4 years
18 - 29
Lee yes

The College Internship Program is a comprehensive post-secondary support program
for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences.
  High level of motivation to meet program goals. 
Potential to live and work or attend college independently.

CIP’s counseling program provides essential support and remediation for students as they strive to take charge of their life and become independent. Individual and group counseling are offered as well as consulting psychiatric services and consulting medical services.  Specialize in students who have individualized greater level education needs. This is an expensive residential program.  Students can get a college degree by going to a local community college.  Students live in nearby apartments and recieve support cooking, cleaning and have roomates.   There are activities available to the kids on the weekends if they choose, and it is located in the town center, so the students access local businesses easily.

Dynamy Internship Year 9 months 17 - 22 Worcester

All academic levels, and at different times in their school careers.
Cape Cod Community College Project Forward . 18 - 40
West Barnstable . 508-362-2131
ext. 4763

For students with significant learning difficulties, who want to learn vocational training skills.
Eagle Hill post-secondary program
1 year 18 plus
Hardwick . 413-477-6000

Program is offered to Eagle Hill graduates only, and it runs the full calendar year, providing students with an opportunity to take 5 courses at a local college while living at Eagle Hill and getting academic support.

Their summer program which is open to students ages 9 - 18. During the summer, focus on 4 academic areas: writing, reading, mathematics and social pragmatics. The program also includes elective classes, such as: graphic arts, woodworking, photography, model rocketry, etc.  They also have camp activities and clubs.
Job Corps
Job Corps disABILITY and Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities
16 plus

Chicopee, Devens, North Grafton


Job Corps student has not completed high school, reads slightly below the eighth-grade level, has never had a full-time job, is between ages of 17 and 19 years old, and is from an economically disadvantaged family.

Lesley University Threshold Program 2 - 3 years
19 - 23
Cambridge   . 617-349-8181

Individuals with IQ's below Average;  Young adults with diverse learning disabilities & other special needs
Middlesex Community College

Transition andICE Program

2 years  17 plus
. 781-280-3630


Cognitive ability in the low-average range. Math, reading and Language Arts in the 5th to 8th grade level range.  Perpares students for entry level jobs in office and business support.

The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Program at Middlesex is a dual enrollment opportunity for high school students with severe intellectual disabilities, ages 18-21, who are enrolled in a participating school district.

Riverview school G.R.O.W 3 years
17 plus East Sandwich yes 508-888-0489

Students with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities scoring within the 65 – 90 IQ range.  To developing student competence and confidence in academic, social and independent living skills.

Cotting School

Hope House

3-5 years  17-22
Lexington yes 781-862-7323

Transition planning with a focus on self-determination, academic, vocational, recreational and community experiences and to live as independently.  Programming tailored to each young adult led by a licensed Special Educator and an Independent Living Specialist.  Have a library, gymnasium, fitness center and athletic field. 

Certificate program:

School Name Program Name Program Length Age Range Location Board Telephone /email

Empire Beauty Schools

Formally known as Blaine Beauty Career (2007)

Three programs Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Makeup Artistry
Cerf-prg 17 plus
Boston, Framingham, Hyannis, Lowell & Malden

All their programs are accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetology. (LP)

Lincoln Technical Instutute

Formally known as Career Education Institute (CEI),(2006)

Health Sciences,
Skilled Trades,
Spa and Cosmetology,
Business and Information Technology (IT)

Cerf-prg 17 plus Somerville,
Lowell & Brockton


Trains student in various technical careers: Automotive: Automotive Technician, Collision Repair Technician, Service Technician, Parts Specialist, Diesel Engine Specialist.  Health Sciences: Nurse (RN), Practical Nurse, Dental Assistant or Phlebotomist.  Skilled Trades: HVAC, Electronics and Welding Technology, computer technician.  Spa and Cosmetology: hair design, skin care.  Culinary: chefs, baking, pastry.  Business and Information Technology (IT): networking tools and techniques, networking security, office applications, computer haredware.  

Universal Technical Institute
Automotive, industrial Diesel,  industrial technology Cerf-prg
15 months

17 plus

Norwood yes


Trains student in various technical careers in entry level positions in automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle or marine technicians.  For student with significant language and learning difficulties, who want to learn hands on training skills.

New York - Connecticut:

School Name Program Name Program Length Age Range Location Board Telephone /email
Maplebrook School Center for Advancement of Post Secondary Studies (CAPSS) 2 years 17 plus Amenia, NY yes

Young adults enroll with a wide variety of learning differences and leave with a defined set of independent living skills.  Some postsecondary students pursue collegiate studies while others strive for one of the 9 vocational certificate in one of the following areas which include: Preschool/Daycare, Business and Office Training, Construction Trades, Retailing, Food Service, Horticulture, Elder Care/Certified Nursing Assistant, Library Aide, or Teacher Aide/Teacher Assistant.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) VIP (Vocational Independence Program)
3 years 18-22
Long Island, NY yes   800-345-6948

Students with higher functioning on the autism spectrum or have neurologically based learning disabilities.  They offer various programs depending upon the students goals and abilities, including a vocational sequence, pre-degree sequence, and associate’s degree support sequence. They have 3 programs: Vocational certification, Pre-Degree, and Associate Degree.  They have 6 vocational majors: Retail, Children's Recreation, Clerical, Food Service, Facilities Maintenance, and Hospitality Services. The first year provides intensive coursework in independent living, social, and academic skills, as well as work readiness and skills evaluations. The second and third years include skills training and job placements.
Pre-Degree Program: This program offers intensive coursework in independent living, social, and academic skills.  Associate Degree Support Program: Qualified students can earn an Associate Degree in three years in either Communication Arts or Business Administration while receiving support in social and independent living skills.  There is a Summer Program: VIP also offers the I-to-I (Introduction to Independence) program which features educational and vocational opportunities for students with learning disabilities.

Mitchell College Thames Academy 3 years 18-22
New London, Connecticut yes   860-701-5000

They accept LD and HFA/AS students.  The students live in a separate residence from the College.Residential, post-graduate certificate program, emphasis on academic, social, and emotional preparation for college or a career,
Structured individualized support for students with a variety of learning differences.
Small classes where students can earn up to 18 college credits (half year of credits).

Webpage Acknowledgments: Special thanks to N. Smith, A. Wagner, and Learning Prep for helping to collect this information in winter of 2006.   We would like to acknowledge Elizabeth T., one of our Concord SPED PAC parent member for her notes and collecting the information on 5 of these Post Secondary Schools from her visit to these schools in the fall of 2015.

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