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A Program for Students with Cognitive Impairments

Southern Vermont College partnered with College Steps (CS), joining two other Vermont Colleges engaged in this innovative program: Castleton State and Johnson State. The Program provides students with cognitive impairments (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities) with an opportunity to participate in a modified two-year college experience. This experience helps students to acquire academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills. Students in this program will obtain a certificate upon completion of the requirements.

At SVC, Program Coordinator Gail Makuch oversees all CS student services as well as peer mentor and faculty training and development.

The academic component of the College Steps program suggests students take one class per semester. Prior to enrolling in classes, the CS Program Coordinator will work with students and outreach to professors to ensure proper fit within the classroom. Faculty members will not be required to modify their class content beyond any reasonable accommodations available to students with learning differences. CS students are fully supported in and out of class with the completion of their academic assignments. This program will also help SVC engage with members of the Greater Bennington community in new and important ways, preparing them to be the citizens of tomorrow.

For more information on the College Steps, contact Program Coordinator Makuch at 802-447-4078 or email Additional information on CS is available at

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