SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Special needs students in New York are promised a public education until their 21st birthday. But when they reach college age, many would like to move on from high school, just like their classmates.
Four years ago, the East Syracuse Minoa School District formed a partnership with Le Moyne College to form a program for young adult students, aged 18-21.
Special education teacher Jon McCoy is an alumnus of Le Moyne, and he knew his alma mater would be a safe and nurturing environment for his students.
Each day, around a half-dozen ESM students meet for a morning meeting and breakfast at the Dolphin Den Café on the Le Moyne campus. Then, they spread out across campus. There are job training positions at the bookstore, in dining services, the mailroom, and other areas. There are academic lessons and independent study sessions.
Many of the ESM students are mentored by Le Moyne students. And through it all, they have become part of the fabric of the Le Moyne community.
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