College Experience

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, attending college may seem unattainable.

At New Hope Community, we know that a disability is not a barrier to education or opportunities, for the people New Hope Community supports, going to college and is a reality. Students get a taste of the college experience while acquiring skills that lead to increased knowledge, stronger skill set, self-confidence and increased independence.

Through a partnership with SUNY Sullivan, the College for Educational Enrichment (CEE) Program offers up to 19 courses per ten-week semesters in the Fall and Spring. Instructional staff consists of certified teachers and professionals from the area human service agencies, schools and the local community.

Students who have successfully completed 10 courses receive a certificate of achievement and are eligible to walk at the SUNY Sullivan Graduation ceremonies in May.

For more information, contact Stephanie Elberth, Family Services Specialist at 845-434-8300, extension 280 or via e-mail at



Areas of study in the curricula include academics, creative arts & leisure activities, personal
development/independent life skills, vocational skills and liberal arts. Classes can include: 

  • Dancing
  • Computer Exlporation
  • Sports
  • Movement
  • Expressionist Painting
  • Oldies Music & Classic Tunes
  • Movies on Demand
  • Lesure Sports
  • Reading
  • Astronomy
  • Karaoke
  • Country Western & Bluegrass
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Wrestlemania
  • Choir

For more information, contact Alasana Dumbuya, Senior Residential Coordinator, at 845-434-8300, extension, 270 or via email at