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

May 22 2015

Talk by Dr. Cheng and Dr. Du from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute

May 23 2015

Summer Session I Withdrawal Period

May 25 2015

Memorial Day Holiday

May 26 2015

Transfer Enrollment Day

May 27 2015

Transfer Enrollment Day

Vocational Independence Program Announcements
Apr 09 2015

Annual VIP Dinner Dance

The Annual VIP dinner Dance is almost here! Saturday, April 18th Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction and Raffles

please check events/calendar page for registration form for 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 - March 28th

VIP's Open House will be Saturday, March 28th at 10am. Download our Flyer (pdf)!

Sep 17 2014

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 Imperial at

Aug 01 2014

Open House at NYIT Vocational Independence Program

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

Immediate Decisions for 2014 Academic Year Available on Sept. 8

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – July 22, 2014 – NYIT’s Vocational Independence, a nationally recognized program for serving the transition and post-secondary requirements of special need students, will hold open houses on Sept. 8 and Nov. 1. On Sept. 8, applicants can receive immediate decisions for the 2014 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.

There are a limited number of spots available in the program for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Families interested in enrolling students for the 2014 school year should plan to attend the open house on Monday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. Immediate decisions for 2014-2015 will be available.

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

Media Contact:
Debra Gallo and Associates, Inc – 201.400.2188

Mar 12 2014

Open House - November 1st

Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

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

Download Our Flyer!

Jan 17 2014

Annual VIP Dinner Dance

The Annual VIP Dinner Dance Date has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18th.

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 VIP Class of 2013 at NYIT!

VIP students

The Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT held its 2013 graduation ceremony on May 16 in Central Islip, N.Y. NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., conferred certificates to 21 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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