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The Career and Community Studies Program Application Process for 2019-2020 Academic Year is Now Open.


Program Information

Career & Community Studies (CCS) is a TCNJ college-based program for youth with intellectual disabilities ages 18-25 (student must turn 18th by December of their freshman year in the CCS Program).  Our CCS Students are admitted to the college within a specialized course of study for the purposes of completing a four-year liberal learning college experience with a focused outcome on career and employment.  The students that enter this highly competitive program have matriculated non-degree bearing status. Students who successfully complete this program will earn a certificate (sanctioned by The College of New Jersey) in Career and Community Studies.


Admission Criteria

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    • Applicant must be between the ages 18-25 (Student must turn 18 by December 31st of their freshman year in the CCS Program. Student must be 25 at their time of acceptance into the CCS Program).
    • Applicant must have a significant intellectual disability and/or adaptive behavior limitations that would impact their ability to participate in a general post-secondary education curriculum (AAMR definition of Intellectual Disability)
    • Applicant must have sufficient emotional and independent stability to participate in all aspects of the CCS coursework and campus environment
    • Applicant must demonstrate the ability to accept and follow The CCS student expectation policies and the TCNJ code of conduct.
    • Applicant must present a means of communication, including basic skills in functional literacy and numeracy
    • Applicant must be interested in a collegiate based independent living experience
    • Applicant must demonstrate independence, motivation and stability
    • Applicant must have a desire to continue their education and have ability to benefit from a college based program that focuses on career exploration/readiness, student/life community participation and life-long liberal learning.

Admission Application Process

CCS has three unique application processes for the Class of 2023 four year program. Please identify the process that suits your status.

  • First-Time Applicant- This is for an individual who has never applied to the CCS Program
  • Wait- List Applicant- This is for an individual who accepted Wait List Status for the previous academic year, but was not granted a slot for attendance.
  • Returning Applicants- This is for an individual who applied in the past but were declined admission.

 

Decision Process

The CCS Program admissions committee will begin notification of application status in late March/April (there is an early admission rolling acceptance for those who meet the requirements).

All applicants who were granted an interview or meeting/visit will be contacted via email with their final application status.

The same process will be conducted for students completing any of the three application processes (First-Time, Wait- List, Returning)

ACCEPTED STUDENTS

All accepted students will be notified via email and postal mail.

Due to the size of the program, signed acceptance letters and a deposit will be due within ten business days of notification of admission. Accepted students and parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to attend an early summer student/family orientation.

WAIT-LIST STUDENTS

Applicants who are wait listed will be notified of the wait list status via email.

Wait list students and parent(s)/guardians will have a short time period to indicate (in writing) their acceptance of placement on the 2019-2020 wait list.  Availability of wait list spots is confirmed in May. If spots, do not open up wait list students may reapply the following year through a modified application process.

DECLINED STUDENTS

Applicants who are not accepted will be notified by postal mail. Students who are not accepted may reapply the following year through the CCS returning applicant process.


 

Admission Process – First Time Applicant

  1. Complete application and submit to CCS program, including application fee (forms below) by January 30, 2019 (after such date applications will only be accepted on a space-available basis)
  2. Submit documentation as requested on the application (applications will not be considered if incomplete)
  3. Student/parents(s)/guardian(s) will receive an email when COMPLETE application is received
  4. Complete application materials/documentation will be review by an application screening committee
  5. Applicants will be contacted via email to advise if an interview is granted
  6. If interview is granted, student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted for scheduling
  7. Student/parents(s)/guardian(s) will attend interview
  8. If student is interested in continuing the process, student will submit a post interview essay (as discussed during interview)
  9. Student may be asked to come back to spend a half day on campus (student will be contacted via email if required)
  10. Student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be advised of application status via email in early April

MATERIALS FOR FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

 

Admission Process – Wait List Applicant

(This is only for applicants who were issued/accepted wait-list status for 2018/19 academic year and would like to reapply for 2019/2020 academic year.)

  1. Complete application below by Wait-list deadline – December 5, 2018
  2. Submit documentation as requested on the application (applications will not be consider if incomplete)
  3. Student/parents(s)/guardian(s) will receive an email when COMPLETE application is received
  4. Complete application materials/documentation will be review by an application screening committee
  5. Applicants will be contacted via email to advise if an on campus meeting/visit is granted
  6. If an campus meeting/visit is granted, student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted for scheduling
  7. Student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be advised of application status via email in early April

 

MATERIALS FOR WAIT LIST APPLICANTS

 

 

Admission Process – Returning Applicant

(This is only for applicants who are reapplying after being denied admission in a previous academic year) 

  1. Complete application and submit to CCS program, including application fee (forms below) by January 30, 2019 (after such date applications will only be accepted on a space-available basis)
  2. Submit documentation as requested on the application (applications will not be consider if incomplete)
  3. Student/parents(s)/guardian(s) will receive an email when COMPLETE application is received
  4. Complete application materials/documentation will be review by an application screening committee
  5. Applicants will be contacted via email to advise if an interview is granted
  6. If interview is granted, student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted for scheduling
  7. Student/parents(s)/guardian(s) will attend interview
  8. If student is interested in continuing the process, student will submit a post interview essay (as discussed during interview)
  9. Student may be asked to come back to spend a half day on campus (student will be contacted via email if required)
  10. Student and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be advised of application status via email in early April

 

MATERIALS FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS


 

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