Vocational Independence Program (VIP)
Welcome to the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP)! We are a residential, college-based postsecondary transition program located in Central Islip, N.Y. for young adults with learning differences and Autism spectrum diagnoses. Since 1987, VIP has been helping students develop skills and accumulate experiences that help them reach their executive functioning, social, independent living, and work/college readiness goals.
Vocational Independence Program Graduation 2017
“Currently, I work at Modell’s Sporting Goods™ and at Bagel Boss™. At VIP, my internship at Modell’s easily transferred to a store in my hometown. VIP helped me be a better employee, teaching me how to be on time and giving me skills I need for a job and social skills I need to use on the job. It also taught me to problem-solve so I can stay employed. The independent living skills were invaluable. I loved learning the travel training skills. I am waiting patiently to find a home, and I am 100% looking forward to living on my own.” – Adam, Class of 2013
VIP’s three-year curriculum emphasizes social, executive functioning, and independent living skills young adults need for independence and success.
- Employment Training: Students are placed in community-based internships with job coach support and participate in employment classes within the VIP curriculum.
- Pre-Degree Option: Students choose to take one to three credit-bearing courses per semester at NYIT, offered in conjunction with the VIP curriculum with individualized academic and counseling support.
Qualified students can earn an Associate’s Degree in three years in Communication Arts or Business Administration while receiving specialized support in academics and the traditional social and independent living support offered by VIP.
“I liked working in the cafeteria, making friends, and interacting with others. I have been married for 10 years and travel with my wife, Rebecca, all over the world with VIP. I work in the dining hall of a senior citizens center in New Jersey.” – Eric, VIP class of 1997
I-to-I Is a seven-week summer experience that includes all the skill-building and experiential learning associated with VIP. I-to-I is open to high school students as young as 16, students who are finished with high school, and students in the school-year VIP program.
The Vocational Independence Program is a U.S. Department of Education-approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program. Consequently, some forms of financial aid are available to eligible students with Intellectual Disabilities. Contact the program for details.
The Vocational Independence Program is part of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
300 Carleton Ave.
Central Islip, NY 11722