The Turning Point Program is a two-year postsecondary experience for young adults with intellectual disability interested in academic, vocational and social enrichment.

Students participate in a career pathway credentialing course and have the opportunity to graduate with professional industry recognized credentials as well as a Certificate of Achievement through the Division of Continuing Education.

The Turning Point Program is a non-degree program and is not a bridge to matriculating in a degree seeking program at the College.

The Turning Point Program supports competitive integrated employment as a goal for each student participant.

Program Staff

  • Tracy Rand, Program Director
  • Donna Collins, Program Assistant
  • Christine Wren, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Erin Meccia, CESP, Supervisor of Vocational Development and Career Placement
  • Colleen Tedesco, MA, CESP, Success Coordinator
  • Dawn Gottlieb, Adjunct Faculty

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Contact Information


The Garden State Pathways to Independence for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Project, also known as the Turning Point Program, started through grants awarded to Bergen Community College through the US Department of Education.
The original TPSID grant was awarded in 2010 and TPSID2 was awarded in 2015.

Workshop Session:  “Fostering an Inclusive Mindset.

Bergen Community College

TCNJ – The College of New Jersey

GEORGIAN COURT UNIVERSITY – The Mercy University of New Jersey


An Educators’ Briefing


Post-Secondary & Transition Programs

at colleges and universities for

Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Since the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (1998), there has been a movement to expand postsecondary and transition program options for youth with intellectual disabilities (ID) to within colleges and universities. College-based programs can offer a range of opportunities for youth with disabilities that include access to inclusive college classes with typically-enrolled peers, specialized instruction in foundational literacy/numeracy, integrated social and recreational activities and a wide range of adult age-appropriate vocational/career and independent living skills.

This complimentary workshop will consist of a guest lecture from Susan Colacello entitled “Fostering an Inclusive Mindset.” as well as an “inside look” into three of New Jersey’s inclusive post-secondary/transition programs.

Friday, April 9, 2021 via ZOOM * 1:00-3:30 PM


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This project is supported by Grant #P407A200038 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions, finding, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education.