Santi Elbow

Student Profile

Santi Elbow

Alumni
"The program helped me get to where I am now, by allowing me to go to college, and really test my intellect in the various classes that I took from Education courses to English, and so on. The program Course Coaches they offered, were nice and gladly gave up their time to help me in my classes. The best thing about college was learning new subjects and getting to communicate with friends and professors. I am seeking full time employment, and then hopefully attend Graduate School for creative writing and fiction."

Madison Smith

Student Profile

Madison Smith

Current Student
"I have learned a lot through the Cutting Edge Program, … I learned how to be independent on my own. The Cutting Edge Program…is a place I can grow and become, a place where I can be me … (and) be open to all kinds of work experiences. Cutting Edge gave me so many job experiences, … which made my resume more powerful… "

Kody Funmaker

Student Profile

Kody Funmaker

Current Student
"The Cutting Edge Program helps me to be more successful in the areas I’m not proficient in. The people in this program are helpful in so many ways. I don’t think I could get this help anywhere else.”

Sam Dess

Student Profile

Sam Dess

Alumni
"I am an ambassador for this program. Cutting Edge taught me to be independent, be respectful to others, find who I am, and be an advocate for my friends and other students. My favorite part [of the Cutting Edge program] has been getting to know all of the staff. They always support us, and [I feel like] we are a family."

Cutting Edge Program

The Cutting Edge Program at Edgewood College was piloted in 2007. It was the first program at a four-year college in Wisconsin to offer a fully inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the program has continued to grow and offers individualized wrap-around services to support students in academics, student housing, social experiences, and practicums/internships. We currently support 24 students per academic year. Our program has since expanded to include two additional programs: Pre-College and Alumni Program. As part of Edgewood College’s Dominican tradition, students learn the values of justice, compassion, truth, community, and partnership. Through these values, students are given the opportunity to experience civic engagement both on campus and in the Madison community.

Pre-College Summer Program

Summer 2022 Information Coming Soon!

This program is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 16 to 21 years old and have a desire to go to college in the future. This program is designed to provide exposure through a fully inclusive experience on our campus.

 

Participants will learn about:

  • Safety on campus and in the community
  • Academic success
  • Employability skills
  • Health and wellness

 

Alumni Program

Our Alumni Program supports graduates living independently in the community after their Cutting Edge college experience. Our alumni are employed 3 times higher compared to national average rates for people with disabilities.

This program connects Cutting Edge alumni with each other through events and educational opportunities. The Alumni Program hosts annual events, which engage our alumni in the Edgewood College and Cutting Edge communities. In addition, the Alumni Program offers a larger scope of services including facilitated annual life planning, goal tracking, residential supports, vocational preparation, and referrals to trusted community resources. 

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