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Program Supports

The CUS in CCA program provides a number of supports available to students and families to assist in the application process, access to supports during the program and in planning for post-program life.

Academic Tutors

Academic Tutors are upper level RIC students who provide in-class supports and outside-of-class supports.  The goal of these supports is to maximize the learning of the CCA student and to promote inclusion in RIC classes.   Academic tutors attend inclusive RIC classes with the CCA student, assisting the CCA student achieve the same expectations of all RIC students.

In-Class Academic Tutor responsibilities:

  • Attend all scheduled RIC classes/labs with the CCA student.
  • Take class notes to support student learning.
  • Organize and break-down assignments, homework and projects.
  • Facilitate participation in group discussions and group work.
  • Provide support in taking tests by reading questions, scribing and/or providing other supports approved by Disability Service Center support plan. 
  • Facilitate communication between the CCA student, professor and program staff.
  • Maintain clear and consistent communication between key program professionals.

Out-of-Class Academic Tutor responsibilities:  

  • Support access to course content, class notes, homework completion, assignment completion, studying for exam/quizzes and organizing course materials.
  • Assist access to email and use of resources such as the Computer Center, Black Board, Google, the library, OASIS and the Writing Center.
  • Request separate testing room from Disability Services Center (if defined in student’s support plan).
  • Provide study guides, graphic organizers, flash cards and other supports as needed.

Employment Mentors

Employment Mentors are upper level RIC students who provide on-the-job training and support.  The goal of these supports is to increase the skills of CCA students while modeling appropriate workplace behavior.  Employment Mentors promote inclusion and community employment.   Employment Mentors attend on-campus and community internships with the CCA student, assisting the CCA student gain skills needed for ongoing employment.

Employment Mentor responsibilities:

  • Break-down work tasks into understandable components.
  • Provide visual supports to assist with task completion.
  • Support the social and behavioral demands of the CCA student’s job.
  • Monitor work skills, and provide corrective feedback combined with re-teaching.
  • Provide reinforcement and encouragement and maximizing student success. 
  • Support work readiness skills and appropriate workplace etiquette.
  • Facilitate communication between CCA student, employment supervisor, and program staff.

Social Mentors

The focus of the social mentors is to facilitate the full integration of CCA students into all aspects of RIC campus life.  Social mentors support students identify and participate in activities, clubs and events of the student’s choosing. 

Social Mentor responsibilities:

  • Help student identify social/ recreational opportunities on campus.
  • Coaching related to campus navigation, time management, and money management.
  • Promote student’s social success by teaching and modeling social skills such as effectively communicating with others, making friends, and asking for help
  • Support student engagement in activities.

Faculty Liaison

The Faculty Liaison ensures each student receives advisement to ensure each student progresses through the Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment program as outlined in their plan of study.  The Faculty Liaison is the primary point of contact for faculty, often working in coordination with other program support providers.

Faculty Liaison responsibilities:

  • Provide each faculty member with an overview of the program, student needs, and program supports available to students in the program.
  • Work with the Program Coordinator to support and guide each student’s course selection consistent with program plan of study and student interest.
  • Identify the grading option (pass/fail (CR/NC), graded, audit) that best matches student abilities.
  • Ensure delivery of accommodations identified by RIC’s Disability Service Center.
  • Monitor each student’s academic progress in the program.
  • Problem-solve issues impacting student success in academics.

Program Coordinators

The Program Coordinators (Academic and Employment) ensure that all program supports are implemented and that mentors are trained to support students in the program.

Program coordinator responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and support to CCA student and faculty:
    • Work with the Faculty Liaison to support and guide each student’s course selection consistent with program plan of study and student interest.
    • Work with the CCA student and Faculty Liaison to identify the grading option (pass/fail (CR/NC), graded, audit) that best matches student abilities
    • Ensure delivery of accommodations identified by RIC’s Disability Service Center.
    • Monitor academic, social and vocational progress.
    • Problem solve issues impacting student success in academics
    • Coordinate the delivery of appropriate, differentiated and individualized out-of-class academic support.
  • Participate in key program planning and student related meetings
  • Provide guidance and support to CCA student’s employment
    • Provide site-based supervision  of CCA student and Employment mentor
    • Problem solve issues impacting student success in employment
  • Collaborate with Family and Adult Supports Coordinator to address ongoing concerns or issues regarding CCA students and their families.
  • Select, train, and provide ongoing supervision to Academic, Employment and Social Mentors.
  • Collaborate with all program staff in evaluation, organization, and improvement of program supports and services.

Family and Adult Supports Coordinator

The focus of the Family and Adult Supports Coordinator is to assist families and students gain information and available supports during the program and in preparation for post-program life.  The Family and Adult Supports Coordinator uses the person centered planning process to individualize each student’s plan to their identified goals.

Family and Adult Supports Coordinator responsibilities:

  • Answer general questions regarding the program
  • Assist students and families through application process
  • Assist with application reviews
  • Facilitate person-centered planning for CCA students
  • Assist students and families in coordinating with resources beyond the program (supplementary or post-program supports)
  • Connect students and families with general disability-related information and opportunities​​​

Page last updated: August 16, 2018