The Achieve Program
For Students With Learning Differences

Achieve Program

The Achieve Program

The Achieve Program provides specialized services to students with learning differences. At Villa, we look at students’ needs individually, and develop a plan to help ease their transition into college. Through the Achieve Program, students can build their confidence as they develop the skills that are critical for achieving academic and social successes at the collegiate level and beyond.

Achieve Program Goals

    • Provide support to students with learning differences that goes above and beyond what is required by law
    • Assist students with learning differences in developing executive functioning, self-advocacy, and goal-setting skills
    • Support students with learning differences make a successful transition from high school to college, and from college to their career
    • Increase students’ self-confidence in their academic, personal, and professional lives
    • Increase retention and graduation rates of students with learning differences
    • Build on students’ strengths to overcome challenges

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Assistive Technology

Villa’s Achieve Program trains its students to master assistive technology that help ease the transition from the high school classroom to the college classroom. Achieve students have unlimited access to Microsoft dictate and read aloud, Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Recognition Software and Livescribe Pens and Notebooks, and other tools they’ll need to complete classwork and prepare for exams. Use of these tools can increase students’ self-confidence in their academic, personal, and professional lives.

Commonly Addressed Challenges

All colleges and universities are required to provide accommodations to students with disabilities, including learning disabilities. These services, which are free of charge to students, are meant to help students with documented learning disabilities like ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, and other disabilities have a level academic playing field with their peers. The Achieve Program is a fee-based program that goes above and beyond what is required by law, and also works with students who struggle with common obstacles, like procrastination, time management and prioritization.

Proven Solutions

In addition to helping students find their footing in college, the Achieve Program assists students with learning differences in developing executive functions, self-advocacy, and goal-setting skills. At Villa, we assess the needs of each student individually and will develop a plan to help them succeed. Solutions include subject tutoring with professionally-trained tutors, quiet work spaces and tutoring rooms, extended testing time, access to note takers, access to digital books, screen readers, and more.

A Team Approach

The Achieve team communicates openly with faculty to help ensure its students stay on the right track during classes, and they work to create the best learning environment possible for every student. We can also communicate with a student’s parent/guardian. A student’s home support system can sometimes offer more insight into tactics that have worked well in the past, and they may know of strategies that are not worth trying a second time. This collaborative approach to success sets our program apart, and facilitates our students’ paths to success.

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Most Importantly, Villa’s Achieve Students Feel Like Their Success is Possible

“My learning differences made it challenging for me to understand everything I was being taught. Achieve gave me the opportunity to continue to get the help I had been used to receiving in high school at the college level. Because of my drive to do well, and with the help of the tutors in the Achieve Program, I’m on my way to attaining my goals while maintaining a 3.2 GPA or higher grade until graduation. Through the school’s and Achieve’s help, I know I will soon have a successful Graphic Arts/Creative Writing career.
— Rebecca Kendall, Graphic Design, ’20

Achieving Success, One Student at a Time

Retention Rates

  • Fall 2015-2016: 71% retention rate
  • Fall 2016-2017: 91% retention rate
  • Fall 2017-2018: 90% retention rate

Grade Point Averages

  • Spring 2017: 88% of achieve students maintained a GPA of 2.0+
  • Spring 2017: 38% of achieve students maintained a GPA of 3.0+

Our Staff

Questions about the program? Contact us today.

Director, Achieve Program

Jennifer Cornacchio

[email protected] • 716.961.1879

Assistant Director of the Achieve Program

Laura Pietak

[email protected] • 716.961.2869

Administrative Assistant for the Achieve Program

Joanna Zadvorney

[email protected] • 716.436.5587

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