News and Events

Jan 20 2015

NYIT Selected to Participate in Epicenter’s Pathways to Innovation Program

Jan 13 2015

NYIT Ranks Among 2015 U.S. News Best Online Programs

Dec 23 2014

Architecture and Medical Students Launch Global Competition for Healthy Designs

Dec 18 2014

BBC to Feature Home2(O) Project in News Segment

Dec 12 2014

NYIT Wins Grant to Develop STEM Programs

Feb 08 2016

Spring Withdrawal Period Begins: 2/8 - 5/13

Feb 09 2016

Business Fashion Challenge Kick-off

Feb 09 2016

Old Westbury Study Abroad Fair

Feb 10 2016

Manhattan Study Abroad Fair

Feb 10 2016

Internship Certificate Program - Orientation I

Vocational Independence Program Announcements
Feb 03 2016

Central Islip Cafe Menu

PDF Menu for week 2/8 - 2/14

Feb 01 2016

Central Islip Cafe Menus

Links for pdf menus for 1/24-1/31 and 2/1 -2/7

Week 1-25 thru 1-31

Week 2-1 thru 2-7

Jan 26 2016

Menus for weeks 1/25-1/31 and 2/1-2/7

PDF files of cafeteria menus 2(1).pdf

Oct 19 2015

Open House at NYIT Vocational Independence Program

NYIT Vocational Independence Program Announced Open Houses for Nationally Recognized Transition and Post-Secondary Program for Students with Autism and Learning Disabilities

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – NYIT’s Vocational Independence Program, a nationally recognized program for serving the transition and post-secondary requirements of students with special needs, will hold an open house for the 2016 academic year at the campus at 300 Carleton Ave. in Central Islip, N.Y.

“We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to our campus and sharing information about our residential programs,” said Ernst Van Bergeijk, associate dean and executive director of NYIT-VIP. “We focus on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training as well as offering a Pre-Degree Program and Associate Degree Support Program, which guides students through traditional NYIT academic courses.”

The three-year residential program is designed for students with learning challenges and higher functioning autism. Students advance through the program learning key life skills, social interaction skills, and core academics.

“Students can choose from three different programs: our Vocational Independence Program, our pre-degree program, or an option to earn an associate's degree in business administration or communication arts in three years,” Van Bergeijk said. “We are focused on creating an environment for future success. Our goals are to help students transition into to the world of work and independent living or transition into a degree-bearing college program full time”

Students in the VIP program receive benefits from a number of career, educational and life professionals. The team includes an academic counselor, vocational counselor, social counselor, financial counselor, and job coach/independent living coach as necessary.

For more information about the New York Institute of Technology/Vocational Independence Program and its nationally recognized educational, career and life program for students with learning disabilities and higher functioning autism, visit or contact Kelly Imperial, Associate Director of Admissions & Development, at 631.348.3139  or

Open House presentation

Media Contact:
Debra Gallo and Associates, Inc – 201.400.2188

Sep 23 2015

Ben Cecil Walk for Independence and Homecoming Festival

Join us for the Annual Ben Cecil Walk for Independence and Homecoming Festival

October 17, 2015 Registration and Continental breakfast starts at 9am

Download registration form here

Sep 09 2015

Parent Orientation Presentation - Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Parent Orientation powerpoint presentation

Jun 23 2015

I-to-I Parent Orientation

Download the slides here from the I-to-I Parent Orientation

Vocation Independence also welcomes parents to our Parent Conference Weekend. Please contact us for details.

Jun 17 2015

VIP Puerto Rico Trip: January 4-11, 2016

The Vocational Independence Program at New York Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the January 2016 trip to Puerto Rico. The 8-day trip departs JFK on January 4, returning January 11th. The cost of the trip (based on 15 participants) is $3,569, less $150 if the deposit of $200 is received by July 1, 2015.

ACIS is an educational travel company and will be handling our tour. Please review the enclosed information and the web site for detailed information on the tour company.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol at 631-348-3135, or Madeline at 631-348-3113.

If you are interested in registering for the trip, kindly follow the steps below:

  1. Review the ACIS Registration booklet and complete the registration form.

    1. Group Leader – Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk
    2. Group ID # – 83791
    3. Go to the ACIS website for review of the registration booklet
  2. Review the protection plans offered. It is highly recommended that individuals purchase a travel protection plan, either independently or through ACIS.

  3. If you plan to register for the trip, make checks payable to ACIS and mail to the VIP Program:

    New York Institute of Technology, VIP Program
    300 Carleton Avenue Central Islip,
    New York 11722
    Attn: Madeline Dwyer
  4. Please note the additional fees (as applicable) under tour costs, and the refund policies in the registration booklet. *The trip is based on 3 students per room. Should you require a double or single room, you will be required to pay the supplement as noted in the brochure.

We look forward to another rewarding travel experience for students and alumni in the NYIT/VIP Program! Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the trip.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D.
Associate Dean/Executive Director

Apr 09 2015

Annual VIP Dinner Dance

The Annual VIP Dinner Dance is held yearly.

An evening of Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles!

Please check back for the dates for 2016.

Please check events/calendar page for registration form for the dance.

Jan 26 2015

Autism Speaks Awards Scholarships

Central Islip, NY (January 16, 2015) -- Autism Speaks has awarded NYIT’s Vocational Independence Program a $25,000 grant for student scholarships. The grant, from the Brian & Patricia Kelly Post-Secondary Scholarship Fund, will allow the Vocational Independence Program to offer five $5,000 need-based scholarships to students.

NYIT’s VIP is a nationally recognized program that focuses on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training for students with special needs, including those with autism and learning disabilities. Autism Speaks awarded scholarship money to programs across the country based on the programs’ outreach efforts and initiatives to prepare students for jobs and life after college.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students in the Vocational Independence Program and it helps lessen some of the barriers for students on the autism spectrum in higher education,” said Ernst Van Bergeijk, VIP associate dean and executive director. “Students with autism are bright, capable people who make excellent employees. They just need to be given the opportunity for education and the chance to thrive.”

Jan 14 2015

Open House - 2015

VIP's Open House will be Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10am. 

Sep 17 2014

Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence/Homecoming

Join us for our fifth annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence, and fourth annual Homecoming event on in October 2015.

Watch for complete details on this event.

For more information please contact: Ernst VanBergeijk at or Kelly Imperial at

Mar 12 2014

Open House - November 7, 2015

Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

  • 10 a.m.
  • NYIT - Central Islip 300 Carleton Ave.
  • Student Activity Center (SAC)

Please call Admissions

631-348-3139 to reserve your place.

Jan 17 2014

Annual VIP Dinner Dance

The Annual VIP Dinner Dance Date was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who attended and supported us.

We are beginning to organize for 2016, we look forward to you joining us.


Download pdf for alumnus activities and registration form.

Sep 10 2013

Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence/Homecoming

Join us for our fourth annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence, and third annual Homecoming event on Saturday October 18th. Click here to download flyer!

For more information please contact Ernst VanBergeijk at or Kelly Imerial at

Click here: Registration Form (Word).

May 17 2013

Congratulations to our Graduating VIP Class at NYIT!

VIP students

The Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT held its graduation ceremony in May in Central Islip, N.Y. NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., conferred certificates to all graduates. They are pictured in a garden dedicated in memory of VIP student Benjamin J. Cecil.

Ceremony highlights included student speakers Steven Trani and Marsalis Jacobs, who shared stories of their achievements in the program; a class gift presented by Mackenzie Manders; and the presentation of awards to student Adam Shapiro, recipient of the Dare to Care Award, and Kerry McLauglin, manager of VIP campus dining, recipient of the Matthew Schure President’s Award for her dedication to students. Graduates and their families and friends enjoyed a reception following the ceremony.

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