The College Experience

The College Experience Over 100 students have graduated from the CEP so far! The College Experience is an innovative opportunity that offers young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a unique curriculum in a residential college setting.

The College Experience welcomes private pay students, and is also offered tuition free to students who have the New York OPWDD Medicaid Waiver and meet admissions requirements. Contact Colleen Dergosits to learn more about the program and how to apply!

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On Saturday, May 8, The College Experience had the opportunity to celebrate both our 2020 and 2021 graduates at The Coll...
05/11/2021

On Saturday, May 8, The College Experience had the opportunity to celebrate both our 2020 and 2021 graduates at The College of Saint Rose commencement ceremony at the Times Union Center. Congratulations to all of our graduates!🎓

The 2021 graduates are on the bus and headed to the Times Union Center to graduate! Congratulations College Experience C...
05/08/2021

The 2021 graduates are on the bus and headed to the Times Union Center to graduate! Congratulations College Experience Class of 2021 Graduates!

The 2021 graduates are on the bus and headed to the Times Union Center to graduate! Congratulations College Experience Class of 2021 Graduates!

We are so proud to introduce Catherine, a sophomore at The College Experience. Catherine is a born leader and she has fu...
05/07/2021
The College Experience: Catherine

We are so proud to introduce Catherine, a sophomore at The College Experience. Catherine is a born leader and she has fully embraced all of the amazing opportunities that have come her way since she started the program!

If you're interested in joining Catherine at The College Experience, it's not too late to apply for Fall 2021! Learn more at our information session on Thursday, May 13. Register at https://thecollegeexperience.org/

Don’t let an intellectual disability stop your child from joining their college peers and gaining the work experience they need to transition to adulthood an...

Meet Luke, a freshman at The College Experience. We are so proud of Luke and all he has achieved since he joined the pro...
05/07/2021
The College Experience: Lucas

Meet Luke, a freshman at The College Experience. We are so proud of Luke and all he has achieved since he joined the program, and so is he.

It's not too late to apply for the Fall of 2021! Learn more about The College Experience at our information session, Thursday, May 13. Register at https://thecollegeexperience.org/

Don’t let an intellectual disability stop your child from joining their college peers and gaining the work experience they need to transition to adulthood an...

The College Experience students recently had a SWEET time learning about the Culinary Arts.🍞🍌 🍲 🍽 For six Fridays in a r...
03/18/2021
Cooking Up Some Fun! | The College Experience

The College Experience students recently had a SWEET time learning about the Culinary Arts.🍞🍌 🍲 🍽

For six Fridays in a row, eleven College Experience students participated in a virtual culinary class with Matthew Williams, Executive Chef of the Albany Marriott International.

The hour-long classes covered a lot of ground. Among other topics, students learned about the differences between commercial and home kitchens, were shown proper sanitation procedures, introduced to The Ten Essential Cooking Methods, and were shown how to read recipes, nutrition, and food labels.

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The College Experience students recently had a SWEET time learning about the Culinary Arts. For six Fridays in a row, eleven College Experience students participated in a virtual culinary class with Matthew Williams, Executive Chef of the Albany Marriott International. The hour-long classes covered....

CareerNext SUNY has been a great resource for students, and parents are really happy with the results. Learn more at car...
02/16/2021

CareerNext SUNY has been a great resource for students, and parents are really happy with the results. Learn more at careernext.org.

We love seeing our CareerNext students succeed and we love hearing from happy parents! To read more CareerNext SUNY success stories, head to https://careernext.org/success-stories-testimonials/

A huge shout out to Tessa, one of our CareerNext SUNY students at SUNY Schenectady County Community College! She has bee...
02/09/2021

A huge shout out to Tessa, one of our CareerNext SUNY students at SUNY Schenectady County Community College! She has been named to the President's List for her first semester.👏👏

Please join us in congratulating SUNY Schenectady County Community College Freshman Tessa, who was on the President's List for her first semester! Way to go Tessa!

Huge shout out to Hayden, one of our CareerNext SUNY students that had a great 1st semester this year!
02/05/2021

Huge shout out to Hayden, one of our CareerNext SUNY students that had a great 1st semester this year!

SUNY Schenectady freshmen student Hayden earned a 3.70 GPA in his first semester! Keep up the great work! We can't wait to see all you achieve this semester. 👏💪💯

From all of us at The College Experience and CareerNext, we'd like to wish you, your families, and loved ones a very Hap...
12/23/2020

From all of us at The College Experience and CareerNext, we'd like to wish you, your families, and loved ones a very Happy Holiday season!

If you're a College Experience or CareerNext student or family member, we hope you'll share one of your holiday moments with us this year. On Facebook, tag a photo or story with The College Experience. Tell us how you spent your holiday!

We think the holidays are a perfect time for a love story! We hope you'll enjoy this story about Kevin and Lindsey, a co...
12/18/2020
Kevin & Lindsey: A Love Story from The College Experience | The College Experience

We think the holidays are a perfect time for a love story! We hope you'll enjoy this story about Kevin and Lindsey, a couple who met at The College Experience. ❤️💍👩‍❤️‍👨

https://thecollegeexperience.org/kevin-lindsey-a-love-story-from-the-college-experience/

For more great stories, sign up for our newsletter at https://thecollegeexperience.org/newsletter-sign-up/

The College Experience is touched to present to you a story about two alumni who fell in love during their time at the College Experience and ended up happily married. Kevin Steitzer and Lindsey Renko-Steitzer now live in an apartment complex in the suburban area of Albany along with a sprawling bac...

12/14/2020
Private Group Zoom Meeting Request | The College Experience

The College Experience & CareerNext are now offering private group zoom sessions.

We are sincerely missing the opportunity to meet many of you at the transition fairs and college events that schools usually host this time of year. It is always a great chance for us to talk to students and their families about the opportunities at The College Experience and CareerNext.

The College Experience and CareerNext would like to work with your SEPTA, Parent Group or school to set up a free information session to talk to your group about the options available for your son or daughter after high school. We are now offering private group Zoom sessions so that interested families can learn about our programs and have a Q&A session with our director of admissions, Colleen.

Want to learn more? Fill out our interest form and we'll connect!
https://thecollegeexperience.org/private-group-zoom-meeting-request/

While in-person transition fairs and college events remain on hold, we invite your SEPTA, parent group or school to learn all about the opportunities available through The College Experience and CareerNext by scheduling a private group Zoom meeting.

Here at The College Experience, we're grateful for all of our students, alumni, the faculty, our employees, and all of t...
11/25/2020

Here at The College Experience, we're grateful for all of our students, alumni, the faculty, our employees, and all of the wonderful people that make our program a success!

Our Media and Activities Liaison is one of those people that make our program so special. Not only does he give so much to our program, but he gives so much to the community as well.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we just wanted to give a huge shout out and say how grateful we are for you, Jesse Saperstein! You make the world a beautiful place.

https://thecollegeexperience.org/lending-a-hand-to-keep-our-city-beautiful/

Even with social distancing, we still have our Walking Club! Read about the latest!https://thecollegeexperience.org/nick...
07/29/2020
Nick and Andrew Move Forward with Social Distance Walking Club | The College Experience

Even with social distancing, we still have our Walking Club! Read about the latest!

https://thecollegeexperience.org/nick-and-andrew-move-forward-with-social-distance-walking-club/

In the process of scheduling around thunderstorms and ominous rain clouds over the past few days, the Social Distance Walking Club finally had its day in the sun on Monday, July 13, 2020. Featured in this particular photograph (from left to right) are Nick Williams and Andrew Maggio who are alumni o...

Brian O'Hearn also visited our employment class to talk about his journey. He taught us that there is something to learn...
07/27/2020
Brian O'Hearn, Chief Nursing Officer at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Visits the Employment Class | The College Experience

Brian O'Hearn also visited our employment class to talk about his journey. He taught us that there is something to learn in every job and gave us some great advice for handling job interviews. Thank you, Brian!

https://thecollegeexperience.org/brian-ohearn-chief-nursing-officer-at-androscoggin-valley-hospital-visits-the-employment-class/

For the Employment Class on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, we were pleased to welcome Brian O’Hearn who happens to be the father of our instructor, Catherine O’Hearn. Brian is the Chief Nursing Officer for many nurses at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, New Hampshire!   Brian currently lives ...

We've been having a great summer! Caren Passariello visited our employment class to share her journey to meaningful empl...
07/24/2020
Caren Passariello Visits Employment Class to Share Her Journey to Meaningful Employment | The College Experience

We've been having a great summer! Caren Passariello visited our employment class to share her journey to meaningful employment. Read more on our blog!

https://thecollegeexperience.org/caren-passariello-visits-employment-class-to-share-her-journey-to-meaningful-employment/

For a recent Employment class, we were happy to welcome Caren Passariello, who is the mother of our College Experience alumnus, Danielle. Caren has had a long career working in retail and was generous with telling us about her journey toward meaningful employment. The path toward employment did not....

06/26/2020
Jacob Acceptance Video

Congratulations to Jacob for being accepted to The College Experience at the College of Saint Rose! We can't wait to see you in the fall!

Freshman Catherine is a great chef! Now she's making some delicious nachos!
06/19/2020

Freshman Catherine is a great chef! Now she's making some delicious nachos!

Michael whipped up some delicious french toast this morning, great job!!
05/28/2020

Michael whipped up some delicious french toast this morning, great job!!

Look at this feast Catherine made! Spaghetti and meatballs, and macaroni salad. We hope everyone had a great weekend!
05/26/2020

Look at this feast Catherine made! Spaghetti and meatballs, and macaroni salad. We hope everyone had a great weekend!

Bobby made some delicious looking banana bread today, we can almost smell it from here!
05/11/2020

Bobby made some delicious looking banana bread today, we can almost smell it from here!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and a special shoutout to the moms of the College Experience – Jen, our As...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and a special shoutout to the moms of the College Experience – Jen, our Assistant Executive Director and Colleen, our Director of Admissions. 💐💕

Great job helping out with laundry today, Catherine! #chorechallenge
05/10/2020

Great job helping out with laundry today, Catherine! #chorechallenge

Here’s Michael on puppy duty! What a big help, and very cute 🐶. #chorechallenge
05/09/2020

Here’s Michael on puppy duty! What a big help, and very cute 🐶. #chorechallenge

Here’s Danielle helping with the laundry last night – keep up the good work! #chorechallenge
05/09/2020

Here’s Danielle helping with the laundry last night – keep up the good work! #chorechallenge

Bobby is doing an awesome job in this #chorechallenege. Here he is helping with laundry, good job Bobby!
05/08/2020

Bobby is doing an awesome job in this #chorechallenege. Here he is helping with laundry, good job Bobby!

Here’s Chris taking out the garbage as well, what a great way to help out! #chorechallenge
05/08/2020

Here’s Chris taking out the garbage as well, what a great way to help out! #chorechallenge

Ra’Kwon helping take out the garbage – what a huge help, great job! #chorechallenge
05/08/2020

Ra’Kwon helping take out the garbage – what a huge help, great job! #chorechallenge

Another #chorechallenge entry, here’s Catherine doing her part in the kitchen, way to go!
05/07/2020

Another #chorechallenge entry, here’s Catherine doing her part in the kitchen, way to go!

#chorechallenge here’s Bobby helping out in the kitchen doing dishes! Great job Bobby, keep it up!
05/07/2020

#chorechallenge here’s Bobby helping out in the kitchen doing dishes! Great job Bobby, keep it up!

05/06/2020

We love seeing all of our student chefs out there! But how about we have some fun switching it up. We will begin a series of challenges that our students can get involved in. This week is #chorechallenge - send Colleen a picture of you completing one of your chores to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram!

Senior student Danielle tried out for and made the Golden Knights Dance team for the past two years at the College of Sa...
05/06/2020

Senior student Danielle tried out for and made the Golden Knights Dance team for the past two years at the College of Saint Rose. Last Saturday should have been their showcase. In keeping light of the situation, Danielle created a brochure and entitled it "The Show Must Go On" and performed for family with costume changes and all!

Dinner is served! Freshman Catherine and Senior Danielle both made fabulous pasta dishes. What are you having for dinner...
05/01/2020

Dinner is served! Freshman Catherine and Senior Danielle both made fabulous pasta dishes. What are you having for dinner tonight?

College Experience students continue to keep their cooking skills sharp from home. Freshmen student Bobby making Tuscan ...
04/30/2020

College Experience students continue to keep their cooking skills sharp from home. Freshmen student Bobby making Tuscan Chicken Pasta!

Senior student Michael making key lime pie – all of this food is making us hungry!
04/27/2020

Senior student Michael making key lime pie – all of this food is making us hungry!

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I hope they have a class that i can learn of animation/ cartooning design.. love to be in the class.
So proud of Bobby Czubay for being accepted to the College Experience!!! Your hard work paid off Buddy!
Congratulations to Reed Grontas for getting an internship at the Albany Marriott hotel! I hope you have a long career doing hospitality work. Bravo!!!
I want to thank all the staff and the seniors from the program for making today a wonderful first day of college for all the freshmen! A special shout-out to Slava and Sean at 789 for being so welcoming and helpful during move-in! You made it easier for all of us parents to say goodbye and we know that our young adults are in very good hands. I hope this is the beginning of a great new adventure and many lifelong friendships for this special group. Thank you all, again! PS Boston misses you, James!