The College Internship Program (CIP) has announced dates and locations of their five summer programs for teens age 16-19 with Asperger’s, attention deficit disorder and other learning differences.
The two-week program will be held on the campuses of five highly-rated colleges: Elms College, UC Berkeley, IU Bloomington, Florida Tech and the University of Buffalo, and is designed to help prepare students for the transition from high school to college or careers.
June 26 – July 10, 2011
July 3 – July 17, 2011
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
July 3 – July 17, 2011
University of California
July 10 – July 24, 2011
July 17 – July 31 (tentative)
While students will attend classes covering topics such as time management, organizational skills and social thinking, the focus will be on fostering connections and having fun.
“Our summer program is unique as the focus is not purely academic. A big part of college is developing new friendships and having a great experience,” stated Heather Greene, Executive Director of The College Internship Program which also offers year round programs for college age students. “It’s important for teens with learning differences to have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and learn more about themselves within a supported and inclusive environment.”
Located on the campus of four select colleges, students will learn to navigate independently, attend classes and have access to fitness facilities and campus cafeterias. Teens will take part in recreational outings, life skills instruction, and CIP’s specialized curriculum for students with learning differences, providing a compact 2-week pre-college experience.
“Person-Centered Planning, a project which focuses on using multimedia to develop goals and reflect one’s personality is an aspect of the curriculum that students particularly enjoy,” stated CIP’s founder, Dr. Michael McManmon. “Many students are leaving home for the first time, getting a taste of both the freedoms and responsibilities a college student encounters and helping to prepare them for their future,” he continued.
In 2009, CIP’s pilot summer session in Berkeley, CA attracted students from Alaska, Puerto Rico, Alabama and Indiana. The program expanded in 2010 to four college campus locations nation-wide.
Teens will have opportunities to practice new skills in an environment where they can feel successful and develop self-confidence. They will take part in a variety of fun classes and activities within a welcoming community of peers, building skills that they can carry with them into future college or workplace endeavors. “We appreciated the training and exposure our son received which helped him with the skills he’ll need as he transitions to college,” commented a parent of a Berkeley summer student.
The pre-college summer program is a natural extension of CIP’s comprehensive year-round programs for college age students with learning differences. The program is open to students ages 16-19 with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorder, high functioning autism, dyslexia or other learning differences. Enrollment is limited.
For more information or to apply, visit www.cipsummer.com or call (413) 243-0710 X 13.