Santi Elbow

Student Profile

Santi Elbow

Alumni
"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 that I took from Education courses to English, and so on. The program Course Coaches they offered, were nice and gladly gave up their time to help me in my classes. The best thing about college was learning new subjects and getting to communicate with friends and professors. I am seeking full time employment, and then hopefully attend Graduate School for creative writing and fiction."

Madison Smith

Student Profile

Madison Smith

Current Student
"I have learned a lot through the Cutting Edge Program, … I learned how to be independent on my own. The Cutting Edge Program…is a place I can grow and become, a place where I can be me … (and) be open to all kinds of work experiences. Cutting Edge gave me so many job experiences, … which made my resume more powerful… "

Kody Funmaker

Student Profile

Kody Funmaker

Current Student
"The Cutting Edge Program helps me to be more successful in the areas I’m not proficient in. The people in this program are helpful in so many ways. I don’t think I could get this help anywhere else.”

Sam Dess

Student Profile

Sam Dess

Alumni
"I am an ambassador for this program. Cutting Edge taught me to be independent, be respectful to others, find who I am, and be an advocate for my friends and other students. My favorite part [of the Cutting Edge program] has been getting to know all of the staff. They always support us, and [I feel like] we are a family."

Academics

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?

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.

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

Learn about admission requirements, pathways, and pathway supports here.

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 students with disabilities and serves a range of abilities. Participants must be able to dress themselves, eat independently, and administer their own medications.

Alumni Program

Our Alumni Program supports graduates living 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 annual events, which engage our alumni in the Edgewood College and Cutting Edge communities. 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.

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

Alumni
"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."

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