BRIDGES is still accepting applications for 2019-2020. Submit yours today. Classes begin August 26.
BRIDGES is proud to announce it has been approved by the United States Department
of Education as an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). Students who meet
the basic federal student aid eligibility requirements may receive funding from the
Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal
Work-Study programs, which, in turn, may be applied to BRIDGES tuition.
Upcoming Open House Dates
- October 17, 2019 at 5 p.m.
- November 17, 2019 at 9 a.m.
- March 6, 2020 at 9 a.m.
- March 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Open House is held in Biotech Building, Room 316. If you are interested in visiting,
call (845) 341-4694 for more information.
BRIDGES is an exciting new inclusive post secondary education experience for young
adults (age 21 or have exited high school) with ID, DD, and ASD.
Born of the growing belief that individuals with intellectual or cognitive disabilities have the right to experience collegiate life in a way that is appropriate to meet their need and advance their long-term goals, BRIDGES joins a growing roster of similar program throughout the state and country.
It is our goal that BRIDGES graduates will join the many SUNY Orange alumni who consider their experience at SUNY Orange as pivotal to their starting adult life pursuing formal higher education, enjoying the dignity of living independently and engaging in meaningful work.
BRIDGES offers academic and career exploration for students with varying abilities through a student-centered, learner active and customized course of study designed to meet individual interests, skills and goals. The program has five program goals:
- Vocational/Employment Preparation
- Independent Living
- Academics/Lifelong Learning
- Personal Development/Life Strategies
- Social Participation/Civics
The purpose of exposing students with intellectual disabilities to PSE is to provide them, for perhaps the first time in their lives, the expectation that they CAN learn after leaving high school and the opportunity to CHOOSE to learn. ”
Our vision is to be the Hudson Valley’s leading college-based educational program
for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
BRIDGES’ mission is to offer an inclusive, community-based postsecondary experience that teaches skills and strategies and provides support to create successful and independent lives. It is our sincere hope that upon graduation, BRIDGES graduates will join SUNY Orange alumni family who recall fondly how the College helped set in motion their adult life either as the start of their of higher education, the dignity of living independently or embarking on a career of meaningful work of their choosing.