“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
Cape Cod Community College is lucky to have MAICEI Student Alivia “Liv” Davis on campus. Liv has an infectious, enthusiastic attitude. Liv is taking Personal Fitness, a class that meets once a week in the classroom and once a week in the Fitness Center. Her favorite things to do on campus are to work out in the Life Fitness Center and to hang out in the cafeteria with friends between classes. She also spends time in the library every day she is on campus, checking her email and her campus Moodle for updates from her Professor.
She is most proud of “knowing where my class is and how to get around campus independently.” The importance of going to college has been engrained in Liv’s mind since she was little. “I’ve always thought about college, planned about it, thought about what college I would go to,” she explained.
Liv encourages other MAICEI students to “try new things. Try something new every semester. Express yourself and advocate for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. And, ask for help when you need it.” Liv emails her Professor when she has questions about class and participates in lecture discussions. She states that the best part of the MAICEI program for her is “getting to know other people, seeing new people and faces every day.” She also “likes getting to know the other students in my class.” Liv participates in a Peer Lunch Group on Tuesdays in the cafeteria.
A long term career goal for Liv is to use Spanish in her workplace, so she is hopeful to take a conversational Spanish class next semester.
“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: