Cooperating to help students achieve their goals

Published Dec 26, 2017 at 4:00pm

We always enjoy seeing examples of cooperation in our community, whether it be among governments, institutions or just plain folks.

We spotted a news item in our paper last week that reflects a terrific example of such a bonding, this one in the educational and life-style assistance fields.

The story noted that College LIFE, a program of Upstate Cerebral Palsy and State University Polytechnic Institute, have celebrated a one-year anniversary in providing people with developmental disabilities a chance to learn about life on a college campus.

Dr. Veronica Tichenor, associate professor of sociology and the program coordinator of community and behavioral health, who was instrumental in making the program a reality, was in attendance at the event as were family, friends, and UCP and SUNY Polytechnic staff.

In the program, students can check out career options and gain life skills to chart their future goals such as jobs or volunteer work, or participating in a community day program, according to the UCP website.

It’s gratifying to see two important entities like UCP and the college join forces to help students expand their life skills, achieve future steps of independence and broaden their horizons, and at the same time be a part of the SUNY Poly community.