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DRIVE Graduation

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DRIVE Graduation

 

DRIVE GRADUATION

Three local students participated in graduation at Keuka College on Saturday as they received their certificate of Higher Education from the DRIVE Program.  A partnership between the Arc of Yates, Keuka College, and Dundee Central School District, DRIVE is a highly individualized program for school age and adult individuals with developmental disabilities who want to continue their education in a collegiate environment.  

Students who participate in DRIVE are integrated into the college community, work with peer mentors, and participate in college activities.  Students also participate in specialized classes and field study periods focusing on vocational skills and volunteerism.  “The DRIVE Program continues to be a leader in postsecondary education programs for individuals with developmental disabilities” Deb Fabris-Coon, Chief Education Administrator stated.   

In addition to inviting students to attend classes taught by Keuka College professors, the DRIVE program offers core curriculum and life skills classes tailored to the ability levels of the students. Classes include Vocational Prep, Nature Studies, Sports History & Application, Budgeting & Banking, and more.  “DRIVE is a unique program because of the complete integration of students into college life at Keuka,” explained Deb Fabris-Coon.  “They attend on-campus activities, work side by side with peer mentors, and support college athletics.  They also participate in field experience periods, this year traveling to Cumming Nature Center through the month-long winter break.”

Prior to graduation the three students participated in senior activities week, including the senior boat tour on Seneca Lake.  With Keuka College on break through the summer DRIVE classes will continue, both at the campus and at various community service sites.   DRIVE students will take part in the summer Leadership Program, a partnership with Penn Yan Parks and Rec.

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