Santi Elbow

Student Profile

Santi Elbow

Current Student

"The program helped me get to where I am now by allowing me to go to college and really test my intellect in the various classes I took from my Education courses to English and so on. The program also offered me assistance when I needed it and the coaches they offered were nice and gladly gave up their time to help me in my classes."

Madison Smith

Student Profile

Madison Smith

Current Student

"The Cutting Edge program…are my family. It is a place I can grow and become, a place where I can be me. It is also a place I feel love, and I am able to trust, and not be so afraid of new unknown things."

Hope Lane

Student Profile

Hope Lane

Alumni

“…It’s not just a program, it’s a family and I am lucky that I am a part of it.”

Kaethe Sigelko

Student Profile

Kaethe Sigelko

Alumni

“I learned that you should…speak out for yourself, stand up for yourself, and let yourself be heard.”

The Cutting Edge Program

The Cutting Edge Program at Edgewood College was piloted in 2007. It was the first program at a four-year college in Wisconsin to offer a fully inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since its inception, the program has continued to grow and offers individualized wrap-around services to support students in academics, student housing, social experiences, and practicums/internships. We currently support 20 students per academic year. Due to the success of the program and overwhelming support, we have now expanded and are offering two additional programs: Pre-College and Alumni Program. As part of Edgewood College’s Dominican tradition, students learn the values of justice, compassion, truth, community, and partnership. Through these values, students are given the opportunity to experience civic engagement both on campus and in the Madison community.

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Open House

The Cutting Edge Open House is held twice a year. Once in the fall and once in the spring. The Open House is a great opportunity for prospective families to learn about the program, meet with current students and families, and meet with our staff.

Friday, October 2, 2020

8:30am
Check-in
9-10am
Presentation of Program
10-11am
Questions and Answers
11-12pm
Tour of Campus
12-1pm
Lunch provided by the Cutting Edge
1-2:30pm
Individual Meetings with Cutting-Edge Staff


Program Outcomes

It is proven that students with disabilities who seek higher education are three times more likely to have paid employment (Inclusive Higher Education Committee, 2018). Cutting Edge alumni are employed at higher rates than the national average for people with disabilities (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

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80% of our students are employed upon graduation

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75% of those employed upon graduation are living independently

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Our students are 3 times more likely to have paid employment

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Our alumni are employed at higher rates compared to the national average for people with disabilities



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Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer Program

Registration for 2021 Cutting Edge Pre-College Summer will open January 8th, 2021

This program is for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 16 to 21 years old, and have a desire to go to college in the future. This program serves all students with disabilities, regardless of their levels of needed supports, and serves a range of abilities.

This one-week summer program is designed to provide exposure through a fully inclusive week-long immersion summer experience on our campus. The program will allow high school students with various abilities to get acquainted with living on a college campus, college student expectations, and test their self-management skills. During this hands-on supportive college experience, students will attend sessions, eat meals on campus, explore the community, stay in residence halls, and build connections with peers, staff, and faculty. This week-long program accepts up to 15 participants and is a “Parent-Free Zone.” Participants will not only leave with the new relationships and knowledge, but also with a physical and electronic portfolio of their college experience. 

Abigail Tessmann

Student Profile

Abigail Tessmann

Class of 2014

"The Cutting Edge program meant a bunch to me. I can’t express enough how much it helped get me to where I am today….it jump-started me from living at home, to living and working in the community."

Bryce Trost

Student Profile

Bryce Trost

Current Student

"I learned to never give up, keep trying my best…that everyone learns differently but we are all important. I learned how to take a bus, how to do my laundry, and how to live on my own. I love the Cutting Edge!"

Brianna Huebner

Director, Cutting Edge Program

Brianna Huebner

"My favorite student memory was watching the first group of Cutting Edge graduates to participate and walk across the stage at commencement in 2015. Prior to that, Cutting Edge students were not allowed to participate in commencement (unless they were degree-seeking)."

Michael Hwang

Student Profile

Michael Hwang

Current Student

“…Students can set their goals to find their dream jobs…just like students without disabilities.”

Pathways

The Cutting Edge Program recognizes that there are different pathways through college and provides an individually designed plan for each student. Students and their families meet with Cutting Edge staff at least twice per year to develop their Individualized College Plan, which includes the benchmarks to reach their overall goal.

 

There are three paths for students to choose. All three paths support them in becoming independent and contributing members of their community.

Supports for all Pathways

Course Coaches, Housing Mentors, Fitness Center Attendants, Volunteer Peer Mentors, Weekend Coordinators, and Cutting Edge staff supports in areas of academic, professional, social, and emotional development.

Supported Housing Options

On-Campus Housing

On-Campus Housing

There are a variety of on-campus housing options across campus. Some include single rooms, double rooms, or apartment-style housing. These students are supported by our Housing Peer Mentors, Cutting Edge staff, a Resident Assistant (RA), and Residence Life staff

Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

There are two off-campus houses that are supported by Live-In Housing Peer Mentors and Cutting Edge staff. These houses are a great option for students who might require more focused support in areas of daily living. The houses can also serve as a stepping stone for students to live independently in the community after completion of their program.

Commuter Students

Commuter Students

Students who live in the Madison area can choose to commute to campus. These students are supported by our Housing Coordinator, who checks in with students regularly to ensure the students have support in activities of daily living, homework, and emotional well-being.

Internships

Students participate in practicums and internships in order to build skills that lead to employment. Each semester, students participate in paid internships on campus that are paired with coursework.

Each internship is designed around the individual’s career goals. Some students even choose to start their own business while in college. As students near the completion of their career goals, they are engaged in community employment off campus. During their final year, the Cutting Edge Program coordinates a transition team that assists the student in obtaining integrated employment that is meaningful and fulfilling.

Alumni Program

Our Alumni Program supports graduates to live independently in the community after their Cutting  Edge college experience. This program connects Cutting Edge alumni with each other through events and educational opportunities. The Alumni Program hosts monthly events, which focus on social skill development, academic stimulation, and daily living skills training. In addition, the Alumni Program offers a larger scope of services including facilitated annual life planning, goal tracking, residential supports, vocational preparation, and referrals to trusted community resources.

Our Campus

Located in the Heart of Madison
On a beautiful lakefront campus, just minutes from downtown, Edgewood College offers a small college experience in a big college town -- the best of both worlds. Consistently ranked one of the best college towns in the United States, Madison offers you access to great resources: music, art, theatre, big time sports, museums, restaurants and more. And it’s easy to get around town — there are miles of bike trails. Plus all Edgewood College students get discounted Madison Metro bus passes.

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