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WVU Country Roads program ready for non-degree students with intellectual, developmental disabilities

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A new on-campus, non-degree certificate program—Country Roads—designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will provide courses, social engagement and applied work experience. The two-year core track focuses on independent living skills and workforce preparedness, plus the option of an advanced track. Students will live in a shared residential housing arrangement. Applications for the program are due next week (July 15).  

Quotes and comments:

“We were worried that families may have been hesitant due to COVID-19 and surveyed interested students and families. The feedback was loud and clear. They are excited to become Mountaineers and wanted to be present on campus in the fall.” — Dr. Lesley Cottrell, director of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

“We’ve worked closely with various departments at WVU, and with disability partners across the state, to design a program that focuses on independent living skills, socialization, and workforce readiness for students with developmental disabilities. A program like this is so important as it affords these students post-secondary opportunities they might not otherwise receive” —Dr. Daniel Long, director of WVU Accessibility Services.

Target Audiences:

  • Families
  • Community members
  • Professionals working in social services and education



CONTACT: Melina Danko
Communications Officer
Center for Excellence in Disabilities

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