Bridge to Earning, Living and Learning (BELL)

The Bridge to Earning Living and Learning (BELL) Program is an inclusive postsecondary certificate program offered by Roberts Wesleyan College on campus for students age 18-26 with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. The program is a partnership between CP Rochester, Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES, and Roberts Wesleyan College.

The BELL Program focuses on authentic inclusive experiences that provide academic enrichment, socialization, and the acquisition of life and vocational skills necessary for sustainable and gainful employment. A key component of this program is that all members of the campus community can benefit from inclusive experiences.

All courses, activities, and work experiences are catered to students’ individual career goals and interests. Personal enrichment, independence, and preparation for competitive employment after graduation are goals for all students.

The BELL program creates opportunities for student to: 

  • develop personal growth and skills through on- and off-campus academic, social, and vocational experiences
  • practice independent, responsible living skills
  • build positive relationships in a caring campus community
  • integrate these experiences in preparation for competitive employment