Office of Specialized Services

Turning Point Program

Turning point Students at bake sale

Garden State Pathways to Independence for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Project, also known as Turning Point, is made possible through a grant awarded to Bergen Community College through by U.S. Department of Education.

  The Turning Point Program is a two year, non- residential certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities interested in continuing their educational experience. The program is funded through a Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant offered by the Office of Postsecondary Education.

The program focus areas include:
  • Academic enrichment
  • Social and recreational opportunities
  • Self advocacy development
  • Integrated vocational opportunities and career skill development

Students who successfully complete of all aspects of this program will receive a Certificate of Achievement offered through the Division of Continuing Education.
Completed applications will be reviewed by the admission committee to determine whether the applicant meets the minimum eligibility requirements. All applicants meeting the minimum eligibility guidelines are invited for a pre-screening interview with the Program Coordinator. Students are notified in writing of a decision as to whether the applicant will be granted an admission interview. All applicants put forward for an admission interview must demonstrate a strong desire to become an independent adult, and possess sufficient emotional stability and maturity to participate in all aspects of the program. Once admission decisions are made, letters of acceptance or regret are mailed to all applicants. Due to limited space, it is not possible to accept all eligible students.

**While family support is encouraged we regard our students as young adults and will address all communication regarding programming, coursework and internship concerns directly with the student.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2016 Enrollment:

  • December 1, 2015: Admission process begins for fall 2016 year.
  • March 11, 2016: Deadline for submitting applications for the fall 2016 year.

Decision Process:

  1. All applicants selected for an interview will be notified by mail.
  2. Applicants selected for admission to the program will be notified via mail by April 30, 2016.
  3. Due to the size of the program, not all applicants will be accepted into the program
  4. All accepted students must attend a late summer student/family orientation
  5. Applicants who are wait listed will be notified by email/mail
  6. Applicants who are not accepted will be notified by mail