"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."
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 current students and families, and meet our staff.
|Program Overview with Cutting Edge Staff|
|Cutting Edge Student & Parent Panel|
|Student Lead Tour|
Edgewood College students discover what they are passionate about—in a place where they can make a difference in the world around them. What will be your Edgewood College story?
Entrance into the Cutting Edge Program require that the student:
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:
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.
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
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.