“I think it’s a great opportunity for these kids that would otherwise fall through the cracks if they didn’t have MAICEI. The social aspects of being on campus are especially good for building confidence in these young adults.”
—Mary Lou P., Educational Coach
The program design provides project personnel at the high school and CCCC with the necessary expertise and supports to provide the target student population the opportunity to participate in inclusive college courses and the life of the college with their non-disabled peers while working toward meeting their desired post-school outcomes. A Partnership Leadership Team is formalized and will meet on a regular basis to discuss the policies, practices and procedures necessary to implement and sustain inclusive concurrent enrollment. An Employment Specialist will work with the other partnership members to connect students’ college and person goals with employment goals integrated into the community. The Employment Specialist should work with each student using a Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan to track student learning and growth.
The current Cape Cod Community College staff who have been identified as members of the Leadership Partnership Team include David Ziemba, Dean of Student Services, David Biggs, Student Life Coordinator, Kathleen Bent, Parent Representative, Theresa Bowse, Employment Specialist, and Tara Riley, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator
Access to college services, including Student Life, Co-curricular programs and student based activities has been identified by the partners as an important component of the MAICEI program. Students will be able to participate in co-curricular activities of their interest and will learn about the available activities through the Program Implementation Specialist, Education coaches, and other college staff such as the Director of Student Life and Co-Curricular programs. Students will be encouraged to participate in those programs/activities that align with their post-school outcomes identified in their PCPs. There will be opportunities to become involved in clubs and other relevant activities as well as co-curricular activities and events on campus. As needed, students will be supported by their Education Coaches when participating in activities.
MAICEI Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative
Cape Cod Community College
M.M. Wilkens Hall, Room 230
(508) 362-2131 ext. 4485
“The option for students on an IEP to take a college level class and comfortably access a college campus has a profound impact on their self-esteem. It's been great working with all the staff at Cape Cod Community College, knowing how much they are invested in our students.”
—Kathy B., Plymouth School District Program Liaison
Caitlin is an engaging and sincere young woman. While she may be of small stature, she has had a mighty presence on the Cape Cod Community College campus. Caitlin first learned about college in high school and from her two cousins who attended college, one at Colby-Sawyer in Maine and another in New York. Like her cousins, Caitlin traveled to attend college. Caitlin takes public transportation from her high school to get to the campus.
Caitlin is a first generation college goer in her nuclear family! Her favorite thing to do on campus is to work in the library, where it is quite. She says she got her confidence around campus during her second semester, when she took College Experience with Professor Kershner and began to be familiar with all of the resources available on campus. She also completed weekly essay assignments for this class.
Her favorite professor has been Professor Mary Cronin, who taught Intro to Early Childhood Education. Caitlin recalled that Professor Cronin, “helped me with my work and challenged me.” For Intro to Early Childhood Education, Caitlin did field observations of preschoolers at Bournedale Elementary School. Caitlin also had a very positive experience in Typing I. Caitlin recalled Professor Beale was, “very impressed with how far I got in typing. I was two lessons ahead of the rest of the class.” Caitlin says she has surprised herself with how independent she has become. She now attends class and moves around campus independently, whereas the first few semesters she had an Educational Coach with her in the classroom.
As far as plans for after college, like many twenty-one-year-olds, Caitlin says, “she’s still figuring it out,” but will be using some the confidence and self-determination that she developed during her time on campus when she does take her next steps.
“I have seen how this program has benefited students with disabilities. This program allows a unique opportunity for special education students to attend college classes with support. The Mashpee student who attends this program has improved his social skills, confidence and independence. I hope that MAICEI will be continued to allow additional students this opportunity.”
—Michele Brady, Special Education Director, Mashpee Public School
Cape Cod Community College (CCCC), founded in 1961, delivers educational programs and services to meet the diverse needs of the residents of Cape Cod, the Canal Region, the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and the Greater Plymouth Area. CCCC is the only comprehensive college on Cape Cod and offers 25 associate in arts degrees, 17 associate in science degrees and 42 career certificates in a wide variety of program areas. Approximately 8,000 individuals each year take courses at CCCC, and in the fall of 2012, the College enrolled 4,201 students. The CCCC faculty is well credentialed with 26.5% holding doctoral degrees and 72% holding master's degrees in their fields. On July 1, 2012, CCCC welcomed its seventh president, Dr. John L. Cox, Ed. D, CPA.
At our opening day convocation, Dr. Cox shared his six-point vision for the future of CCCC: