The Integrated Studies (IS) Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will launch a one-year pilot program beginning in the fall of 2023. The program aims to meet students where they are in their academic journey. The IS Program is a non-credit certificate created as an alternative pathway for students with intellectual disability. Students who are at least 18 years old and have completed their secondary schooling by earning a high school diploma and/or certificate are eligible to apply. The IS Program is a fully inclusive experiential learning opportunity at the postsecondary level.
The IS team looks forward to serving students during the upcoming pilot year. The long-term goal is to develop the Integrated Studies Program into a two or four-year non-credit certificate program.
The Integrated Studies Program In-Depth
Students with intellectual disability who are enrolled in Saint Joseph’s IS Program will progressively develop skills each semester. Skill development will be achieved through academic exploration, meaningful employment opportunities on and off campus, and the development of effective communication skills. Additionally, students will develop their ability to live independently on campus and enhance their technological skills. The long-term goals of the IS program include increasing students’ independence both academically and personally, expanding their employment experience through meaningful community employment opportunities, and exploring the potential of deepening their own self-awareness.
Students enrolled in the program will work collaboratively with their academic advisor, program staff, as well as professional support both on and off campus to establish a person-centered academic path. The person-centered plan will include auditing courses, participating in internships, developing individual interests, and establishing future employment goals. At the end of a student’s experience, they will earn a non-credit certificate in Integrated Studies. As part of their academic experience, students will develop a portfolio which will be a culmination of their highlighted work. Additionally, they will leave SJC with a college transcript outlining their academic courses and internship experiences.
During their enrollment at SJC, students in the IS Program will have the support to fully embrace the college experience. They will have meals with peers in Pearson’s Café, actively engage in clubs/activities based on their interests, and gain independence by participating in our Resident Living experience.
In order to be considered for admission into SJC’s Integrated Studies Program, each applicant must meet the following criteria (Please click on the + sign to see more details):
The Integrated Studies program is not a Dual Enrollment program.
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Complete the Integrated Studies Inquiry Form
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Complete the FAFSA
A) apply for outside scholarships
B) consult Vocational Rehabilitation
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Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or Individualized Support Plan (ISP) are required, along with any other pertinent documentation detailing additional disabilities or limitations. Send a copy of your most recent documentation to Holly Sanborn, Manager of Student Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Name, Documentation, Integrated Studies.
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Send a copy of your high school transcript to email@example.com
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Have a Special Education Teacher complete a Recommendation Form
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Have a Community Member (boss, coach, spiritual leader, etc. but NOT a family member) complete a Recommendation Form
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After reviewing the documentation submitted, the IS Admissions Team will review the information. If a student's application is complete and meets the criteria, an in-person visit will be scheduled. This will include student and parent/guardian interviews. Students will also be asked to take a brief technology assessment. Tours of campus will also be available.
Program Tuition: $24,465 per year*
- Tuition: $12,232.50 (per semester)
- *Wellfleet Health Insurance: $1,940.00 (waived with proof of insurance).
- Books, class materials, school supplies, damages, and parking decals are not included in the cost of tuition.
Educational Support Fee: $10,000 per year
- Program support Fee: $5,000 (per semester).
Room and board fee: $15,186 per year
- On-campus housing/meal plan: $7,468 (per semester).
- Security Deposit: $250 (one-time fee)
- All first-year students will be enrolled in Meal Plan A: 19 meals per week and $75 in flex per semester.
- *Flex dollars can be spent at Baggot Street and Brewed Awakening.
Financial Aid Resources
- Think College has a helpful resource on paying for college.
- Integrated Studies has applied to be a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP); Students should complete the FAFSA (May 1st) during their admissions process to determine if they are eligible for Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Grants or Federal Work-Study. Because Integrated Studies is NOT a degree-seeking program, students will not be eligible for loans.
- Students may be eligible for funding through Vocational Rehabilitation. Please consult your VR counselor for more information.
- Additional scholarships may be available through:
- Ruby’s Rainbow
- O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund
- Other local, community-based organizations.
Program Manager, Integrated Studies
Office 310, Alfond Hall
With support from:
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation
The Integrated Studies program is based on Think College Standards and created with support from Gwynedd Mercy University and other successful programs.
Program Manager, Integrated Studies
Dale Brooker, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Initiatives and Innovation
Integrated Studies, Academic Advisor
Office 423, Alfond Hall
Manager, Student Accessibility Services
Office 307, Alfond Hall
Director, Residential Living & Community Standards
Office, 115 Heffernan
Associate Dean, Student Success and Transformative Experiences
Office 325, Alfond Hall