"The best thing about college is meeting new people and having more freedom. I lived in a dorm last year and currently live in an apartment on campus this year. I have a paid internship and a practicum. My goal is to get a teaching job after college."
The Cutting Edge Open House is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about the program, hear from a panel of students & parents, and take a tour of campus. This event is held once in both fall and spring semesters.
Entrance into the Cutting Edge Program require that the student:
Students are encouraged to apply at least one year in advance. September 1st - November 30th (one year prior to entry). If the student wants to be admitted for Fall 2025, they should apply in the Summer or Fall of 2024. Students who interview will be notified of admittance status in February.
Admission to the Cutting Edge Program is based on several factors. Submitting the application materials does not guarantee an interview or admission into the Cutting Edge Program. We recommend families begin preparing their materials by September.
Applications should include the following:
Cutting Edge students take courses that assist in the transition to college, specifically addressing social aspects of college. These courses include:
Cutting Edge students have access to the same courses as undergraduate students. Courses that students are enrolled in are chosen based on individual student goals and input from family and Cutting Edge staff. The student's team then develops an Individualized College Plan that specifies a series of courses to meet the needs of their chosen pathway.
These courses could include, but are not limited to: Art, Communications, Music, English, Math, Science, History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Foreign Language, and Theater.
The Cutting Edge Program recognizes that there are different pathways through college and provides an individually designed plan for each student. Students and their families meet with Cutting Edge staff at least twice per year to develop their Individualized College Plan, which includes the benchmarks to reach their overall goal.
There are two paths for students to choose. Both paths support them in becoming independent and contributing members of their community.
This non-degree certificate is customizable for each student. With this certificate, students have the freedom and flexibility to choose the classes they take according to their career goals and interest areas. Graduates who have earned this certificate have created their own businesses and/or worked in the community in a variety of settings.
This certificate is designed for students who want to work with children and combines hands-on practicum experiences in the schools, while also completing coursework covering theories of child development, diversity in the classroom, and teaching strategies. Students will complete a minimum of 48 credits, which fulfills the requirement for the state of Wisconsin to work in schools as a para-professional. Students completing this certificate may be employed in positions such as teacher' assistants, after-school group leaders, and childcare center assistants.
This certificate prepares students to work in entry-level positions in a variety of work settings. Coursework includes a focus on crucial employability skills, such as written communication, oral communication, technology literacy, and career exploration. This certificate offers flexibility for the student to explore their own interest areas while also developing critical skills for employment.
Students seeking a Bachelor’s Degree must be admitted through the general admissions process at Edgewood College and the Cutting Edge Program in order to receive services from Cutting Edge. Students are required to meet all aspects of the undergraduate degree, which is typically 120 credits. All courses must be taken for credit.
Course Coaches: This support is designed to provide students academic mentoring while in college. This role also works with students in the program outside of class to monitor assignment completion, assist with the break-down of tasks, and help with exam preparation.
Job Coaches: In this mentoring role, peers guide students in their internship experiences on-campus. This may include modeling job tasks, professionalism, and workplace communication.
Community Engagement Mentors: The purpose of this support is to promote inclusion and involvement of students in the program both on-campus and in the community. Mentors in this role encourage students to participate in a variety of activities while also advising students in making safe weekend plans.
Health & Wellness Mentors: These mentors support students in the program in the areas of health and well-being. They hold weekly sessions on the topics of wellness, mindfulness, and/or fitness. Some mentors also work one-on-one with students on specific goals in the fitness center.
Independent Living Mentors: Mentors in this role promote independence in students' living spaces through weekly skill development sessions. Sessions may focus on topics such as time management, interpersonal relationships, and activities of daily living (laundry, hygiene, cleaning, cooking, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc.).
Volunteer Peer Mentors: These volunteers commit to spending at least one hour per week with a student from the program. This looks different for each student, but could include having a meal together, checking-in about social relationships, participating in an activity, or exploring the community.
Students participate in practicums and internships in order to build skills that will lead to employment. At the beginning of the student's college career, their paid internship will be located on-campus. Students also have the option to pair their internship with the Cutting Edge Internship course series to further their understanding of employability skills.
As students gain experience and advance in their coursework, they may transition to off-campus employment in the Madison area. This is a particular focus during the student's final year in the program. Cutting Edge staff partners with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in order to prepare the student for community employment.
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