Xavier, United Cerebral Palsy create program for high school graduates

Partnership brings graduates with disabilities interested in pursuing post-secondary education to campus for overnight experience | July 6, 2006

Xavier University and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati collaborated on a summer college program for high school graduates interested in pursuing post-secondary education.

The goal of the two-week program, titled Take Control of Your Future, is to provide students with a variety of academic and life-enhancing opportunities for future planning and success in college. This is the first year Xavier has participated in this program.

Students in the program, which is part of United Cerebral Palsy's CareerNet program, explore and learn more about college campuses, financial aid, campus life, degrees and careers, study skills, testing, time management and disability services offered at local universities. Students also tour the campus, hear real college lectures and stay overnight in student dorms. The on-campus portion of the program was held twice in June.

"We are so grateful to Xavier University for their commitment to helping students with disabilities explore their options of attending college,” said United Cerebral Palsy Executive Director Susan S. Schiller. “This partnership truly enhances our mission of advancing the independence of individuals with disabilities. We value Xavier’s continued support of our CareerNet students.”

CareerNet is a year-round program designed for students with physical disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22. It helps students with issues they face while transitioning from high school into adult life. Since 1996, CareerNet has assisted over 100 students in more than 17 Greater Cincinnati schools to accomplish their goal of becoming independent, self-sufficient adults.