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Students Finish Strong, CIP Looks Ahead To Summer and Fall

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As the 2015-2016 academic year draws to a close, CIP students are busy wrapping up college classes and gearing up for an enriching summer term. In addition to academics, many students have also experienced success in the workplace. To recognize key business partners for their commitment to students with autism and learning differences, CIP has created a new awards program for organizations who provide internships for their students.

Valerie Citta, Supervisor at Brevard County Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was the recent recipient of an Internship Sponsor Of The Year award at CIP Brevard. DNR has provided internships for CIP students for over six years.

“The thing I enjoy the most about working with CIP students is that I believe I learn as much or more from them than they learn from me.” – Valerie Citta

In addition to the year round services, CIP staff is currently preparing for their two summer programs, providing teens and young adults with opportunities to gain skills and make new friends while living on college campuses. Click here for more information about Summer@CIP and Mploy, a new employment readiness program.

Looking ahead to a strong Fall enrollment, CIP Long Beach will be expanding into a larger office space to accommodate their growing student population. CIP Berkshire’s enrollment is at an all time high as the flagship program continues to offer unique arts programs in addition to the core curriculum. CIP will close the Amherst program in late July with the intention of opening a new center in a different geographic region in the future.

CIP Bloomington’s Program Director, Karen Thomas, recently retired after 10 years of leadership. Her position has been filled by Dr. Cliff Madison who brings over 28 years of experience in leadership positions in the field of education.

“We are excited about our momentum and the direction of CIP. Our new offerings for Fall include the launch of Graduate Living Communities for alumni, and our Family Services, which provide parent coaching at key times of transition as well as educational training for families of CIP students.” – CIP President, Dan McManmon

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.