Recently the Lexington Foundation was awarded $750,000 in community renewal funding from New York State to support The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. The arts center will be owned and operated by The Lexington Foundation and will be funded by contributions, grants and fees for services. The center will cater to an array of arts programs such as poetry, dance, theater, quilting, woodcarving, yoga, and culinary arts. The facility will also be used for the development of a new innovative apprenticeship program called Transitions, which is designed to foster college and career success for students with learning differences.
Located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, Transitions is a supportive career and college Apprenticeship program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, visual or hearing impairment and other learning differences. Crafted from evidence-based programs, the Transitions core curriculum is grounded in internationally-recognized approaches that will set students on the path toward college and career success, but may require academic, social, medical and/or emotional assistance.
Students and young adults with disabilities often need extra preparation in order to live independently and achieve success in higher education and career. To address that need, the Transitions program teaches Apprentices the skills necessary to make those goals realities, and offering socially-rich recreation opportunities in a safe, secure and supportive environment.
This premier apprenticeship programs offers student training in domains that include executive functioning, leadership, self-advocacy, social relationship building and healthy independent living. Even the residential feel is authentic, as sleeping accommodations will occur in either a college dormitory or a group apartment. Memorable Adirondack experiences, trips and entertainment woven throughout the stay will provide a defining trait unique to this program.
Through careful collaboration with Lexington Center, a provider with over 60 years of award-winning disability services, Transitions provides life-skills training that will complement the apprenticeship experience, ensuring students are given the tools they need to safely and independently navigate their academic or work environments.
Transitions students will have the choice of either the Full-Year Career Apprenticeship and College Apprenticeship program, or three week summer sessions, that will serve as an introduction to the Transitions curriculum and college life experience. Transitions is currently accepting applications for admission. For more information, call (518) 775-5374 or click here to Request Information