For more information about the DREAM program, to request an application or to contribute to our scholarship fund, please contact:
Academic Student Resources
Mercer County Community College
P.O. Box 17202
Trenton, NJ 08690
At Mercer County Community College we believe in that dream and we are here to help. Our DREAM program (Developing Real Expectations for Achieving Mastery) was developed for students with intellectual disabilities who are looking for an inclusive, challenging educational opportunity with supports and services to help them achieve success.
Most students have concerns about starting college '- it-s all so new and different! The DREAM program recognizes these feelings and has many ways to help our students with the transition from high school to college.
Mercer County Community College is committed to inclusive education and the development of academic, economic and personal growth opportunities for all students. The college's vast array of academic and student services provide continuing support for all students, including those who need extra support to achieve success.
The DREAM program is a demonstration project and enrollment is limited. Applications for the next school year will be accepted beginning February 1. Admission decisions will be made as applications are received.
The DREAM Program acknowledges the generous contributions from the National Down Syndrome Society and the Riggio family.
Students in Mercer's DREAM program are pictured attending a "College Success" class. In September 2006, the grant-funded pilot program accepted nine students who are intellectually disabled, giving them an opportunity to explore their interests and test their abilities. These highly motivated students have achieved much success and are making their mark on campus in classes for credit and audit. All returned in the spring -' a 100% retention rate.
In September 2007, eight new students entered the program. They and their families attended a reception in June where they met with staff, faculty and current students to prepare for their new educational venture.