Created by UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Dr. Terri L. Shelton in 2007, Beyond Academics is the first post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina.
Students enrolled in the Beyond Academics program at UNCG receive a four-year certificate of completion in Integrative Community Studies (ICS) from the Office of the Provost and job training that prepares them for 21st-century jobs, independent living, and engaging in civic and social activity.
Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to approximately 32,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The Albemarle, North Carolina-based company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation.
“UNCG is pleased to begin this partnership with Monarch,” Shelton said. “The provision of support services for Beyond Academics is an essential part of the academic programming that provides a unique opportunity for students to apply the skills acquired in the certificate program. We can think of no better partner in moving this important initiative forward.”
The partnership will allow Monarch’s existing experience in support services around the state to help students in the ICS program advance their opportunities to live independently.
To learn more about Beyond Academics, visit beyondacademics.uncg.edu.
Photography by Tyler Oakes