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Center for Experiential Learning

D.R.I.V.E. Program


The D.R.I.V.E. (diversity, responsibility, inclusion, vision, and experiential learning) program provides a unique service for developmentally-delayed 18 to 21 year-old special education students.

The program is funded by the Penn Yan Central School District, administered and coordinated by Yates County ARC, and located on the Keuka College campus. The program first began in 2007.

In the program, Keuka College students (sophomores, juniors and seniors who are human services-related majors—psychology, occupational therapy, education and social work) serve as peer mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities as they assimilate into the college environment and explore their personal goals.

Classes that students have participated in include Introduction to Psychology, American Sign Language I, Music Appreciation, Visual Design, and Food and Society. In 2011, the program began to issue an Award of Higher Education certificate to DRIVE students who completed the four-year program. Like degrees, the Award of Higher Education is presented during Commencement and DRIVE students receiving this certificate participate in graduation ceremonies in caps and gowns with all other students also graduating.