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Turning Point Program

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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 will begin accepting applications for Fall 2015 in December 2014.
  • Due to the recent inclement weather experienced within the state, the Turning Point Program has extended the application deadline and will be accepting applications until March 15th, 2015. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Final decisions for candidates selected for an interview will be made  by April 15th, 2015.
  • Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility will be scheduled for a pre-screening meeting with program staff.
  • Based on results of first meeting, the student may be scheduled to meet with the admissions committee.
  • Not all students who get selected for an interview will be admitted to the program.
  • Not all students who apply will be selected for an interview.

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.