The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Program provides dual enrollment opportunities for transition-aged students, 18 - 21, with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder. Students participate in a fully inclusive college experience and have the opportunity to take college courses, for credit or audit, with supports determined through their IEP and TPF. Campus community is encouraged through participation in campus-wide events and clubs.
Students can use the experiences they gain at HCC to:
- Build their independence and self-determination
- Achieve their transition goals in a setting that is socially valued
- Learn with their age-appropriate peers in an inclusive community environment
- Explore careers through coursework, community-based internships and employment
Students from Agawam, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Hampshire Regional, Ware, and Westfield Public Schools work with their transition teams to determine if the ICE Program is right for them.
The ICE Program offers a range of academic and student-centered services in coordination with other supports on campus. These include:
- Classroom and testing accommodations, assistive technology, and academic advising provided by the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS)
- Tutoring and academic support provided by the Center for Academic & Program Support (CAPS)
- Career exploration and job search workshops provided by the Advising, Career & Transfer Center
- Personal counseling provided by WellConnect
The Coordinator of the ICE Program is located in Donahue Building, Room 137.
If you are interested in the ICE Program, please contact your high school transition specialist to discuss your eligibility. Once approved by your transition team, you will be encouraged to attend a campus tour led by an ICE Program peer mentor.
After completing the application, you'll have the opportunity to meet with staff from the ICE Program during a person-centered planning session and intake meeting. Family members can also connect and receive support from the program's parent consultant.