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June 16, 2014
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Year of A Better Bottom Line: Governor Scott Walker Meets Students Enrolled at Madison Area Technical College through Campus Connect

Program Encourages Students with Intellectual Disabilities to Attend College

Madison – Governor Scott Walker visited Madison Area Technical College (MATC) today to meet students enrolled in Campus Connect and faculty members of Madison College. Campus Connect is one of the Think College programs. Think College is a national movement which promotes the inclusion of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the college community. In Wisconsin a number of the programs are transition-based, so students in both high school and at local college campuses or technical colleges can improve their access to college and job skill training.

“Think College and Campus Connect are making great strides to support students with intellectual disabilities go to college, succeed in their courses, and attain the job skills and career goals they desire,” Governor Walker said. “These students are just as motivated as their peers and it is remarkable to see them working hard to reach their goals.”

Campus Connect, similar to many other Think College programs, offers typical college courses to students with intellectual disabilities. The initiative promotes postsecondary education options for these students and aims to maximize the K-12 experience for students with intellectual disabilities, so they are best prepared to enter postsecondary education. Goals of the program include work experience, inclusion with peers, independent living skills, participation in college classes, and successful course and program completion leading to degree or certificates. Those completing the program will more likely be successfully employed in higher wage jobs of their choosing.

Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Area Technical College partner together on Campus Connect. This individualized, transition-based program focuses on employment, access to college classes, and development of self-determination. Students take a minimum of six credits per semester and also have the opportunity to participate in internships and volunteer work. A Madison Metropolitan School District teacher works with students to provide tutoring, collaborate with the disability resource center, and make arrangements with the instructors.

In addition to Campus Connect, Wisconsin boasts a number of transition-based programs for students:

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