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CCC&TI Implements Project Unify

Compass Students with Basketball Team

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute recently implemented a college chapter of Project Unify for its College Compass students. Project Unify is an education and sports-based program started by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among students with and without intellectual disabilities, as well as empower them to become leaders and speak up for change in their community.

CCC&TI’s College Compass Program is designed for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries. The program helps students acquire basic skills to become more independent and self-directed and to meet and manage community, social, work and personal adult responsibilities.

Through Project Unify, College Compass students worked with members of the CCC&TI Men’s Basketball team to prepare for Special Olympics competition, have participated in Zumba classes led by a CCC&TI student instructor and worked with CCC&TI Physical Therapist Assistant students on academics. College Compass students are also working with student volunteers to improve tumbling and cheering skills.

CCC&TI’s College Compass Instructor Pamela Bentley Forbis says that this interaction between college students and Compensatory Education students is beneficial to everyone involved. “Getting young adults and youth involved in various activities with this population helps them gain leadership skills, build friendships and helps educate others.”

For more information about CCC&TI’s College Compass Program or Project Unify, call 828-726-2230.