Berry College will welcome young adults with intellectual disabilities to the new Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program starting in the fall of 2024. 

Berry will be the first private college in Georgia to have an Inclusive Postsecondary Education program and will be the 10th program to join Georgia’s Inclusive Post-Secondary Education consortium supported by the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities. 

The two-year certificate program will welcome students aged 18 to 26 and will offer academic, vocational and interpersonal growth. Applications open from Dec. 15 to Jan. 30. Berry’s Psychology Department Chair Michelle Haney is the director of the program. 

“Our Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program aligns with the Berry College mission, building on our founder Martha Berry’s vision of providing an education that allows individuals to learn skills and gain work experiences to become productive members of their communities,” Haney said. “In fact, the goals of this program align with the experiences of all our Berry students — an excellent education with mentored support for intentional planning for the future, meaningful community engagement, personal growth, and leadership development within a welcoming community of extraordinary beauty.” 

In pursuing these outcomes, admitted students will be able to enroll in academic courses of their choice as well as various skill building and developmental courses. They will hold internships each semester and receive one-on-one mentorship throughout the program. 

For more information about Berry’s Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program, please visit https://www.berry.edu/academics/ipse/.