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New MCC program in disability support

Area community agencies have teamed up with Monroe Community College to fill a critical demand for entry-level professionals who are equipped to work with people with disabilities.

In collaboration with a dozen community agencies and employers, MCC has developed a direct disabilities support certificate program that provides incumbent workers and job seekers with the education and field experience needed for immediate employment or career advancement.

The curriculum will cover a wide variety of topics related to disabilities, the history of the field and current movements, relationship-building with individuals and their families, and challenges on the job that require critical-thinking skills. Along with related coursework, students will be paired with local agencies to gain practical experience.

The one-year program, a first in Monroe County, is approved by the State University of New York and registered by New York State Education Department. It will be offered this spring through MCC’s Human Services Department at the Damon City Campus.

Graduates can enter the workforce as residential, respite or habilitation direct support professionals; residential counselors; and employment specialists; or advance in the field as community living instructors, as community support counselors, and in various supervisory roles.

For more information, visit [email protected] or call the admissions office at (585) 292-2200. Deadline for spring registration is Jan. 14; classes begin on Jan. 21.