A three-part image: At left, a group shot of students with disabilities, gathered around a fountain on the UVM campus. Next, a pair of young women in hairnets pose for a cheeky photo while prepping food in a commercial kitchen. Finally, a young woman in her twenties, with Down Syndrome, pauses while stocking cans in a cooler to smile at the camera. Think College VT.

Think College Vermont @ UVM is a small, innovative, inclusive, academic, social, and vocational program for students with disabilities seeking a college experience and career path.

Participants take between nine and 18 credits to earn a Certificate of Professional Studies.

Think College VT includes:

  • Academic Enrichment: Enroll in UVM classes with peer mentor support
  • Socialization: Meet new people and participate in social & recreational activities
  • Independent Living & Self-Advocacy Skills: Improve daily living skills & increase independence and confidence
  • Work Experience & Career Skills: Explore careers, participate in a vocational internship, & establish a career path

Think College VT incorporates student-centered planning, academic advising, and peer mentors for an inclusive, supportive college experience for students with disabilities. Students attend UVM with peer mentors, personalized learning opportunities, and a robust social and emotional network.

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Funding:

In October 2010, the UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion was one of 27 programs nationwide awarded a 5-year Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Think College VT was supported by federal funds from 2010-2015. Now the program is sustained through student tuition and by generous donations from families, organizations and visitors like you.