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New Learning Differences Program Announced

By December 15, 2014May 19th, 2022Achieve Program, Campus Blog, Press Release

Another element of the Villa Maria College Visionary Plan will be realized with the launch of a new program to support students with learning differences. Starting in Fall 2015, the Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences will provide students resources to help them transition smoothly into college and find their path to success.

The Achieve Program provides a fee-based set of services that go beyond basic accommodations available to every student. With personalized one-on-one support from tutors and advisors, students will develop goal setting and self-advocacy skills, while receiving benefits such as priority registration, expanded use of adaptive equipment, and specialized career and internship support, making this the most comprehensive program of its type in Western New York.

Melissa Zgliczynski who currently leads the Office of Students with Disabilities on campus, will lead this new initiative, and will supervise the staff of professional tutors.

“The Achieve Program is an excellent opportunity for Villa to continue building on its commitment to student success by delivering the specialized tools and assistance that students with learning differences may need to earn a college degree,” Melissa Zgliczynski, director of the Achieve Program said.

Students can apply to the Achieve Program now and begin utilizing services in the fall 2015 semester. Applicants must meet the admission criteria of the college prior to acceptance into the program.

A private, co-educational, Catholic college, Villa Maria provides the premiere student-centered experience in Western New York. Students learn and grow with a diverse population in a culture that lives its values of truth, charity, and unity.

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