College Steps Program Open House at Southern Vermont College

January 10, 2014

Southern Vermont College (SVC) will host a College Steps Program Open House on Thursday, January 30, in Hunter Hall's Greenberg Atrium from 12 to 2 p.m. The College is pleased to renew this program for Academic Years 2014 and 2015.

Last fall, the College partnered with the College Steps Program (CSP), 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.

To assure success, CSP will recruit and hire undergraduates at SVC to serve as peer mentors to help promote the integration of CSP scholars on campus. At SVC, Program Director Darcy Oakes oversees all CSP 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 CSP Program Director 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. CSP 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 CSP Open House, contact Program Director Oakes at 802-447-4078 or e-mail Additional information on CSP is available at