Hartwick Announces EmpowerU Program, Offering College Experience to Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Hartwick College has announced the launch of EmpowerU, a program designed to provide individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities a comprehensive college experience.

Partnering with local agencies, Springbrook, The Arc Otsego and the Arc of Delaware County, EmpowerU will offer an opportunity to gain valuable skills, build social connections and explore the vibrant energy of college life.

Lara Sanford

"EmpowerU is more than just a program – it's an opportunity for individuals to reach their full potential. We are excited to partner with local agencies to offer this inclusive and supportive environment where participants can thrive."

Lara Sanford

Director of AccessAbility Services

Through the program, which is set to launch in February 2025, EmpowerU students will:

    • Gain a real college experience: Immerse themselves in the vibrant energy of Hartwick College by attending select classes, participating in campus events and connecting with a welcoming community.
    • Build valuable work experience: Develop practical skills through an on-campus job placement tailored to their interests and abilities.
    • Make lasting friendships: Integrate into Hartwick student life, build meaningful connections with peers and create lasting memories.

    “Springbrook is thrilled to partner with Hartwick for this exciting opportunity,” said Kimberly Corbett, executive director of Springbrook Community Connections. “EmpowerU at Hartwick will create opportunities for people with disabilities to embark on their college experience with support and inclusion. We look forward to seeing the growth of this program and are grateful to Hartwick College for the opportunity to partner on such an important and needed program.”

    Individuals interested in participating or learning more about eligibility and the application process are encouraged to visit the website at hartwick.edu/empoweru or contact Lara Sanford, director of AccessAbility Services, at SanfordL@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4546.

    Hartwick students are invited to play a vital role in the EmpowerU program by serving as mentors or tutors. Students interested in supporting their peers and creating an inclusive campus community should contact Sanford at SanfordL@hartwick.edu.

About Springbrook

At Springbrook, our mission is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities by providing exceptional, person-centered services that foster independence, promote personal growth, and nurture a sense of belonging. Through our family of companies, we are dedicated to creating inclusive communities where every person is valued, respected, and supported in reaching their full potential.

April 18, 2024
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