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MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI)
Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) Programs offer a fully inclusive college experience for students with documented intellectual, developmental disabilities and autism to learn alongside their non-disabled peers. In a MAICEI program students enroll in undergraduate courses, engage in social activities with their peer mentors, access campus events/resources, and participate in volunteer opportunities across several campus departments.
MAICEI centers around a fully inclusive college experience with full use of all campus services. Each student has an academic support/education coach to assist in the classroom and social support/peer mentors to assist with social activities. Students will also receive support with independent living skills, time management skills, navigation skills, and while having opportunities to participate in internships for career focus.
Students typically age out of MAICEI at age 22, but eligibility has been extended to include students who have now aged out of special education and were born between March 10, 1998 and September 1, 2001.
Learn more: Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (MAICEI)
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Celebrate Scholar Success Stories
Sean attended the MAICEI program at Bridgewater State University in 2017. Sean had not passed his MCAS and did not have his diploma when he started, therefore meeting the criteria for a MAICEI student. While attending MAICI, Sean was particularly interested in communication studies. At the time, the Career Specialist for MAICEI helped Sean get a job at the campus radio station. Sean learned quickly and loved his job! Eventually Sean earned the privilege of landing his own segment and had a morning show! Sean enjoyed his internship so much that he aspired to receive a degree in communication studies. It took a lot of effort, but Sean passed his MCAS, received his high school diploma and then went on to apply to BSU as a transfer student. Sean graduated from BSU in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Jessica attended BSU’s MAICEI program while she was in a transition program at Brockton High School. Jessica hadn’t passed the MCAS nor received her high school diploma. Although Jessica did not pass MCAS, she was a great student in the MAICEI program at BSU. Jessica enjoyed the early childhood classes at BSU and took many while she was in the program. When Jessica finished the MAICEI program at BSU, she went on to obtain her early education and care certificate, using her experience in MAICEI to help her obtain it. Jessica is employed at a local daycare center as a teacher’s assistant and loves her job working with young children.
Michael attended the MAICEI Program at Bridgewater State University in 2017. He started with the program and took courses for audit; he was doing well with his class work and decided to take courses for credit; he passed the courses and received college credits. Michael was also one of the first students in MAICEI to live in the residence halls as part of the MAICEI Residential Life Program. When Michael began, he had not passed the MCAS exams and was in the transition program at his respective high school. While attending MAICEI, Michael received tutoring at BSU’s academic achievement center as his goal was to receive his diploma. Michael passed his MCAS exams and received his high school diploma. He then applied as a transfer student to BSU and was accepted! Michael graduated in the spring of 2023 with his bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Gina’s family was in search of an inclusive higher education program for students with intellectual disabilities. At the time of their search, Gina’s family resided in Florida. When they came upon the MAICEI program at BSU, they decided to come and meet with the MAICEI staff to discuss her options. They took a tour of the campus and decided this would be great for Gina. Because students needed to be attending a district that partnered with BSU, her family relocated to Massachusetts and settled in a town on the south shore that had an established partnership with BSU. Gina was accepted into the MAICEI program, she lived on campus as part of the residence life program and took classes in elementary education. Gina never received her high school diploma, nor did she pass the MCAS. However, she excelled on campus and thrived in her courses. Gina is now an elementary teacher assistant in the Quincy Public Schools in Massachusetts.