ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Virginia Community College and College Steps announced a partnership designed to enhance the college experience for area students living with disabilities, including those living with Autism, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities. The new program, which will begin Fall 2019, directly aligns with Northern Virginia Community College's commitment to fostering educational access, opportunity, and equity.
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NOVA Alexandria is joining post-secondary institutions across six states that also partner with College Steps, a nonprofit organization with operations stretching from Vermont to Virginia. College Steps supports young adults living with social, communication, or learning challenges via a unique, individualized and peer-based model. College Steps primary goal is to prepare students for meaningful careers and autonomy after graduation from college, placing a strong emphasis on self-advocacy, social competencies, employment, and independent living skills. Students work with trained peer mentors who are supported by an on-site Program Coordinator at NOVA Alexandria.
"The partnership with College Steps on the NOVA Alexandria Campus will provide additional on-site assistance for our students who require more guidance and learning support," said NOVA-Alexandria Provost Annette Haggray. "We are thrilled to expand upon this partnership NOVA currently has with College Steps to better serve our students."
"We are very excited to be working with NOVA Alexandria and the surrounding communities of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC," noted Lauren Merritt, College Steps Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. "Our efforts complement the existing work of NOVA Alexandria and attract additional talented students interested in our model of support. We look forward to meeting new families and community partners to collaboratively build sustainable and long-term options for transition-aged youth living with disabilities."
The priority application deadline for Fall 2019 enrollment with College Steps at NOVA Alexandria is June 1, 2019. The online application and additional information can be found at www.collegesteps.org or reach out to email@example.com.
SOURCE College Steps