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B.E.L.L. Program

B.E.L.L. Program
Bridge to Earning, Learning, and Living
(A Roberts Wesleyan College Two Year Certificate Program)


CP Rochester is partnering with Roberts Wesleyan College and Monroe2- Orleans BOCES to begin a college-based transition program.  In 2010 a $2.5 million grant was awarded to the Institute for Innovative Transition to be utilized to develop community-wide post-secondary opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  The new U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education Transition, and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities funds this grant. The B.E.L.L. program is made possible through this grant and partnering agencies such as ACCES- VR and OPWDD.

Program Highlights:

  • Designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Offers collegiate opportunities for individuals over the age of 21. The process to enroll begins in January for the following Fall semester. Successful completion of 6 semesters leads to a Certificate awarded by Roberts Wesleyan College demonstrating individuals have met specific skill and academic competencies.
  • Full scholarships are available- to cover the cost of three classes (can be taken for credit or audit).
  • Educational Assistants, Peer Mentors, and a Job Coach to support individuals in all three areas- Earning, Learning, and Living, utilizing a Person-Centered approach.
  • Six-semester program to include at least one experience per semester- During the six semesters, the individual must complete three Social Experiences, three Work Experiences, and three Academic Experiences. Work experiences will be non-paid internships. 
  • Literacy/ GED preparation


  • Must be motivated to be part of a college campus.
  • Must desire employment in the community.
  • Must show a desire to increase ability to be a self-advocate.
  • Must be independent for up to 60 minutes (on and off-campus).
  • Must be independent in daily living skills.
  • Must be self-medicating.
  • Must need a non barrier-free environment.

Frequently asked questions:

  • CP Rochester funding for the adults who attend this program will be Day Habilitation service through OPWDD. BOCES 2 will provide support to students aged 18- 21.
  • Transportation to and from Roberts Wesleyan will be provided through Day Habilitation funding.
  • BOCES 2 students and CP Rochester adults will work collaboratively through course offerings such as Money Management, Health and Nutrition, GED Preparation, Art Classes, Job Club, and many more.
  • Adults interested in some aspects of the program but not interested in receiving a completion certificate may also apply to receive Day Habilitation services at Roberts Wesleyan.
  • 1:1 staffing is not available.
  • Financial Aid is available but not guaranteed

Contact: Laurie Gendron, Consumer Care Coordinator
334-6000 x2281




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