Students Graduate from "Community First" Program

students hold certificates

Students of the High School Learning Program were honored at a ceremony on May 2nd to mark their graduation from the "Community First" Program at Columbia-Greene Community College.

The Community First Program at CGCC is a transitional special education program that uses modified college curriculum to help students integrate into their communities. The unique program allows students to participate in modified college courses covering subjects and topics such as:

  • Accounting (managing money and the purpose of bank accounts)
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice (rights and the law)
  • Environmental Studies
  • History of Our Community
  • Psychology (emotions and feelings)
  • Technology (cyber safety and security)
  • Writing
  • Other social and physical activities

Students also had opportunities to practice their public speaking skills and gain confidence sharing their thoughts with a group. 

The students attended CGCC every Tuesday and Thursday morning from February through April. They had classmates from COARC and the special education program at Hudson High School as well.

Ms. O’Brien, a Special Education teacher at Cairo-Durham High School, said the students loved the program and enjoyed socializing with their classmates. It was also a great opportunity for students to meet and work with college students who are majoring in the Human Services field.

Check out the photos below to see some highlights from Cairo-Durham’s participation in the Community First Program at Columbia-Greene Community College (and here is a video slideshow of the graduation ceremony):