collagework graduatesCollegeWorks is a collaborative project between The Arc, Oneida Lewis Chapter, and MVCC for individuals with disabilities. It is a non-degree, non-credit two-year college based vocational program located on MVCC Utica and Rome campuses.

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CollegeWorks Students will

  • Develop marketable work skills
  • Learn self awareness and self advocacy skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve relationship-building skills
  • Become motivated workers who understand the responsibilities of employment

Application process includes completed application, student interview, personal/work recommendations and a two day classroom visit. All individuals must submit complete application materials, including a signed physician’s report/examination and educational assessments.​

Classes run August – June

Year One offers four six-week modules of exploratory assessment in each of the following occupational areas:

  •  Hospitality 
  • Maintenance
  • Caregiving
  • Retail/Office

Year Two curriculum is based on student interests and assessments. In year two, students elect and concentrate their study in one occupational area with a curriculum designed to prepare them for employment. Each student participates in internships and job shadowing with local businesses.

 Application process includes completed application, student interview, personal/work recommendations and a two day classroom visit. All individuals must submit complete application materials, including a signed physician’s report/examination and educational assessments.

For individuals who qualify for OPWDD waiver services, tuition is provided at no cost to the individual.

CollegeWorks staff assist students with opening their ACCES-VR Case for Job placement services following graduation. The goal is for students to be employed in the area of their chosen career.

Limited housing is available for men and women within close proximity to the MVCC Utica campus.

Deborah Evans, Admissions Specialist
Phone: 315.792.5465
Email: Collegeworks