Program Improves Education Access for Kentuckians With Disabilities
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Education has approved Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) as the second postsecondary institution in Kentucky to offer a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities.
The University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI), through its Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP), works with BCTC to support students with intellectual disabilities as they enroll in courses. Additionally, SHEP provides professional development and technical assistance for faculty and staff.
“The approval of BCTC’s Comprehensive Transition Program is a tremendous step forward in making higher education a reality for anyone, regardless of disability, who consider themselves lifelong learners,” said Barry Whaley, SHEP director at UK. “We value our long-term partnership with BCTC, and we are committed to our continued work to make higher education inclusive and diverse.”
The approval of BCTC’s CTP application allows SHEP students to apply for federal financial aid, which will support their academic endeavors at the college. For this program, students with intellectual disabilities are defined as those who have cognitive disabilities and received special education in secondary school.
“SHEP students are an important part of the BCTC community and have the opportunity to experience campus both academically and socially,” said Rebecca Simms, BCTC director of postsecondary partnerships. “We promote an inclusive college culture in which diversity is valued. Our goal is to enrich each student’s experience and improve individual achievement.”
Kentucky's first CTP, at Murray State University, admitted its first student last fall.
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