Rame Diamond

Student Profile

Rame Diamond

Current Student
“Cutting Edge helped me with learning and being on my own- cooking food, having a routine, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and doing lots of activities.”

Collin Haas

Student Profile

Collin Haas

"I benefited from the Cutting Edge Program because … I was able to get good grades in all of my classes thanks to all of the support my Course Coaches gave me. I … also made friends with a lot of the students on campus who are not in the program. Because of Cutting Edge, I became more successful in my college career, developing and improving on great social skills, and learning how to live independently." 

Grace Machi

Student Profile

Grace Machi

Current Student

"The best thing about college is meeting new people and having more freedom. I lived in a dorm last year and currently live in an apartment on campus this year. I have a paid internship and a practicum. My goal is to get a teaching job after college."


Michael Hwang

Student Profile

Michael Hwang

Current Student
"The CE Program allowed me to develop my communication skills. This program taught me to surround myself with good people who accept others from diverse backgrounds. They embrace my cultural differences and love me for who I am. This program has taught me, that no matter what you’ve gone through, don't let your past challenges and obstacles, hinder you from learning new things and making new friends."

Open House

The Cutting Edge Open House is an opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about the program, hear from a panel of students & parents, and take a tour of campus. This event is held once in both fall and spring semesters.


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Entrance into the Cutting Edge Program require that the student:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Have the desire to go to college

Students are encouraged to apply at least one year in advance. September 1st - November 30th (one year prior to entry). If the student wants to be admitted for Fall 2025, they should apply in the Summer or Fall of 2024. Students who interview will be notified of admittance status in February.

Admission to the Cutting Edge Program is based on several factors. We typically receive more applications than we have available spots for interviews. Submitting the application materials does not guarantee an interview or admission into the Cutting Edge Program. We recommend families begin preparing their materials by September.

Applications should include the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee (paid Online)
  • Recent Photo
  • Official Transcripts
  • At least one letter of reference (Not a Family Member)
  • One-page essay - "Why I Want to Go to College"
  • Current IEP or Re-Evaluation
  • *Parent Survey
  • *Two Teacher Survey’s 
* Once the above materials have been received, a survey(s) will be emailed, from Cutting Edge, directly to the parent and teachers respectively, for completion.




Cutting Edge students take courses that assist in the transition to college, specifically addressing social aspects of college. These courses include:

  • ED 90 Skills for Success/ED 112 College Success
    This course is designed to teach skills in the areas of: assistive technology, time management, language and communication, and self-determination. The goal is to apply these skills in all areas of life: college, independent living, and employment. 
  • ED 91 Interpersonal Relationships
    Students learn about personal safety, navigation in the community, self-advocacy, self-defense in uncomfortable situations, and emergency response.
  • ED 92 Interpersonal Relationships
    Students learn about support systems, appropriate social proximity, navigation of social situations, relationship building, & exploration of their role in our diverse world.
  • ED 93 A (Fall) Internship Development
    This course is designed to teach employability skills and promote growth in vocational independence while students participate in on or off campus internships. Through discussions, reflection, and hands-on learning, students will develop skills in communication and professionalism for the workplace.
  • ED 93B (Spring) Internship Application
    This course is designed to prepare students for future employment. Students will practice using vocational skills in their internship and elicit feedback from supervisors. Upon completion of this course, students will have created a resume and cover letter, participated in a mock interview, and completed a supervisor evaluation.


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 two paths for students to choose. Both paths support them in becoming independent and contributing members of their community.




This non-degree certificate is customizable for each student. With this certificate, students typically have the freedom and flexibility to choose the classes they take and whether they will take that class for credit or audit.

After completion of their Individualized College Plan, students receive a customizable Cutting Edge certificate that further develops their strengths and talents, therefore making them more marketable in the workplace. With this certificate, former students have created their own businesses and/or worked in the community in a variety of settings.



There are two non-degree Career Certificates recognized by Edgewood College: the Paraprofessional Educator Certificate and the 21st Century Skills for Employment Certificate. Students following this pathway must take courses in those areas for credit, but are able to take other courses for credit or audit.

Students who are earning the Paraprofessional Educator Certificate complete practicums, and later work in the school setting. Students who are earning the 21st Century Skills for Employment participate in internships, and later work in the business setting.



Students seeking a Bachelor’s Degree must be admitted through the general admissions process at Edgewood College and the Cutting Edge Program in order to receive services from Cutting Edge. Students are required to meet all aspects of the undergraduate degree, which is typically 120 credits. All courses must be taken for credit.

Supports for all pathways include Course Coaches, Independent Living Mentors, Health & Wellness Mentors, Volunteer Peer Mentors, Community Engagement Mentors, and Cutting Edge staff supports in areas of academic, professional, social, and emotional development.

Support for all Pathways


Cutting Edge offers support in four distinct areas: academic, employment, health & wellness, and community engagement . Through academic advisors, our staff, and peer mentors, each student will receive the support they need throughout their college experience. 


Course Coaches: Undergraduate students who are trained & compensated by the Cutting Edge Program to support Cutting Edge students inside & outside of the classroom with their academic courses.
Job Coaches: Undergraduate students who are trained & compensated by the Cutting Edge Program to support Cutting Edge students on & off campus in their internship experiences.
Community Engagement Mentors: Undergraduate students who are trained & paid by the Cutting Edge Program to encourage students to participate in on-campus activities & events in the community. They also ensure that students have plans for the weekend that are safe & appropriate.
Health & Wellness Mentors: Undergraduate students who support Cutting Edge students in maintaining their health & well-being, as well as oversee the use of equipment in the Fitness Center.
Volunteer Peer Mentors: Undergraduate & graduate students who commit to spend at least one hour per week with a Cutting Edge student promoting appropriate & healthy social skills.
Independent Living Mentors: Undergraduate student who are trained & compensated by the Cutting Edge Program to promote independence in safe & supported environments. These mentors help students with time management skills, roommate relationships, daily living (laundry, hygiene, cooking), emotional support, & self-advocacy skills. They also encourage appropriate social interactions with fellow residents.

Inclusive Academic Courses

Cutting Edge students have access to the same courses as undergraduate students. Courses that students are enrolled in are chosen based on individual student goals and input from family and Cutting Edge staff. The student’s team then develops an Individualized College Plan that specifies a series of courses to meet the needs of their chosen pathway.

These courses could include, but are not limited to: Art, Communications, Music, English, Math, Science, History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Foreign Language, and Theater

Customized Employment

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.

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