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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 grant is funded through the new U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education Transition, and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. 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. Individuals may enroll in the spring, summer, or 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 available- to cover the cost of 3 classes (can be taken for credit or audit).
  • Educational Assistants, Peer Mentors, and a Job Coach to support individuals in all 3 areas- Earning, Learning, and Living, utilizing a Person Centered approach.
  • 6 semester program to include at least one experience per semester- During the six semesters the individual must complete 3 Social Experiences, 3 Work Experiences, and 3 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 able to 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 who are 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.

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

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