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The Career and Community Studies Program

@ The College of New Jersey



Program Information

Career & Community Studies (CCS) is a TCNJ college-based certificate program for youth with intellectual disabilities ages 18-25. 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.

CCS is one of the oldest inclusive post-secondary/transition programs in the country and received CTP (Comprehensive Transition Program) status by the U.S. Department of Education.

The program is designed to prepare students for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery/readiness, and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners at The College of New Jersey.

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.

Application Process

Beginning Fall 2021, The CCS Program application process will be fully online and will follow a rolling admission process.

In preparation for application submission, we encourage you to review the chart on the SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS tab to begin gathering any materials you may need to provide for a complete application.

Please note CCS has three unique application processes, please identify the process that suits your status and click on the link for more application forms, supporting documents, interview process, deadlines and decision process.

Four Year Experience

This is for an individual who

A) has never applied to the CCS Program prior to this application

B) offered wait list status but did not accept it or

C) was declined.

DEADLINE for submission: TBD

$75.00 application fee

Wait List Status/ Four Year Experience

This is for an individual who applied for the CCS program in the following academic year and was offered/accepted waitlist status.

DEADLINE for submission: TBD

No application Fee

Two Year Articulation Experience (2 x2 program with Bergen Community College/Turning Point students ONLY)

This is for an individual who successfully completed the Bergen Community College Turning Point Program, and would like to attend CCS @ TCNJ for a two-year, residential life experience, entering as a CCS Junior.

DEADLINE for submission: TBD

$75.00 application fee

Please note: this is only applicable to Turning Point graduates or Turning Point Students anticipating graduation in May of the year applying.


* CCS does offer an application fee waiver approval process. For more information please email:

TCNJ reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veterans.