WestPrep Summer Transition Program
July 29 - August 22, 2013
Mondays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Program Overview:

WestPrep offers graduating high school seniors or college students with disabilities an opportunity to learn how to better navigate the exciting but often challenging transition from high school to University life. WestPrep is a college readiness program specifically geared to students making the transition into collage and/or for students who need to develop readiness skills such as; time management, organization, and test preparation strategies. WestPrep works to better prepare students by providing information on academic skills, social skills, and self-advocacy skills. WestPrep is a four-week program that prepares students for a smooth transition into a University setting.

Program Objectives:

1. To provide a way for students to become comfortable in a college level academic course by supporting students with academic coaching outside of the course.
2. To provide a mechanism to transition students from high school to college.
3. To provide instruction on academic skills and strategies necessary for college learning.
4. To provide students with a broad overview of University life.
5. To promote students to become independent, engaged and active learners.

What does WestPrep involve?

WestPrep is a four-week transition program that includes a three-credit Interpersonal Communication course taught through the Communication Department that can be used to fulfill a general education requirement at WCSU. Students will be expected to participate in the course and meet all course requirements. Students attending WCSU must obtain a passing grade to receive credit. Students desiring to transfer the credit will generally need a C or better.

WestPrep also includes a skills-building program which will teach and reinforce the following skills:

  • Academic – Learning time management, organization, note-taking, and study preparation and strategies.
  • Social – Making friends, joining clubs, communicating with classmates, and managing conflicts when the arise.
  • Self-advocacy – Conferring with professors, accessing campus resources and support services, seeking academic advisement, and registering for classes.

What is required to participate in WestPrep?

  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or college students with disabilities
  • Applicants must demonstrate college readiness by being an admitted WCSU student or submit an acceptance letter from another accredited 4-year college or university with the application
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement describing their desire to participate in WestPrep.
  • Applicants must submit their high school transcript
  • Applicants in need of accommodations must also submit documentation that describes the nature of their disability and request accommodations through an Accommodation Intake Form

What does WestPrep cost?

The cost is $1,850, which includes the three-credit course and skills-building transition program.
How do I apply?

Please complete the WestPrep Application and submit application information to:

Elisabeth Werling Morel
Western Connecticut State University
AccessAbility Services. White Hall, Room 005
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

What if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact AccessAbility Services (AAS) for additional information.

Elisabeth Werling Morel, Director
(203) 837-8225

Peggy Day, Transition Specialist
(203) 837-8225

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