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CAP Summer Transition Program

All entering CAP students participate in a week long residential program the summer prior to their first semester at Iona, the goal of which is to help facilitate a successful transition from high school to college. Students report that the Summer Transition Program helps to ease the transition from high school to college by increasing their self-confidence and knowledge about Iona.

Through workshops, skills-based instruction, and other experiential learning, students practice self-management skills and learn how to advocate for themselves. Additionally, this program helps them identify their academic strengths and weaknesses and to develop realistic expectations for the demands that will be required at the college level and.

Skills covered include:

  • stress management techniques
  • note-taking skills
  • test preparation skills
  • self-advocacy

The CAP Summer Transition Program is an opportunity to become acquainted with the CAP staff, administrators, professors and other incoming CAP students. Students acquire “need to know” information about campus resources and departments, and, most importantly, are educated about the laws governing access to accommodations at the college level. They explore what their disability is and how it affects them, what their legal rights are, FERPA information and “access vs. success”.

During this week, students live on campus under the supervision of CAP Student Mentors. They participate in nightly activities planned by our CAP Student Mentors that include both on and off campus events.

What students have to say about the Summer Transition Program:

“The CAP summer week is very helpful and helps students become less nervous for when classes actually start. You're better prepared for when school begins and you feel more comfortable.”

“This program introduced me to new people and taught me about what is expected in college. It got me familiar with the campus and comfortable with the staff before college even started.”