Pathways Program


Pathways focuses on developing the academic and self-advocacy skills of goal-oriented, self-motivated students with disabilities.

*We are accepting applications for Fall 2022 freshmen and transfer students.*

Join us for one of our Virtual Wednesday Information Sessions

During these virtual information sessions, you will learn more about the Pathways Program, how we support our students, the types of students who make a good fit for the program, and how the application process works specifically for Pathways.

These information sessions typically run 30 minutes in length and are great for students, parents, and educators who have questions about Pathways to learn more about the program. 

Register here to join us.

Pathways Purpose

Pathways started as “The STAC Exchange” in 1982 making the program one of the oldest in the country in terms of academic support for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders in higher education. The ongoing focus of the program has been to adapt to the increasing diversity of college students with disabilities, with an emphasis on individualized service. 

Pathways focuses on the development of effective learning strategies by critically evaluating and educating each student about his or her specific needs and abilities. The aim is to help students foster their own sense of independence in college as they prepare for their future careers. This includes taking on more personal responsibility in their learning, developing better organizational and time management strategies, and self-advocacy skills conducted through various forms of communication. 

Pathways students represent almost every major the College offers, often attaining academic honors as they work toward their degrees. After graduation, some Pathways alumni have pursued graduate study at such institutions as: 

  • Education or Business at STAC 
  • Fordham University 
  • New York University 
  • Iona College 
  • John Jay College 

Pathways graduates are employed in a wide variety of positions, including: 

  • Special Education Teacher 
  • High School Teacher 
  • College Instructor 
  • Recreation Therapist 
  • School Psychologist 
  • Law Enforcement Officer 
  • Radio Broadcaster 
  • Mortgage Broker 
  • Entrepreneur

Mission Statement

Pathways, a caring and nurturing community within the college, strives to encourage the academic and social growth of students with disabilities. In addition to providing educational resources – study groups, skills workshops – our primary mission is to mentor on a one-to-one basis in a structured and supportive environment. We believe that every student, despite a disability, should receive equal access to a fulfilling education. Our program animates this belief by inspiring students to maximize their strengths, become independent learners, and develop confidence in their own abilities.

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Each student in Pathways meets with a Learning Specialist who serves as a learning specialist and sharpens the student’s academic abilities, self-advocacy, and confidence. The Learning Specialists are trained professionals with post-college education, and most have experience in some aspect of teaching. 

The mentoring sessions take place twice a week and are tailored to meet each individual student’s specific needs. Learning Specialists will review course concepts to enhance the understanding of class lectures, work with students on time management and organizational strategies, teach students writing skills, and foster independence within each student. While traditional types of tutoring help students in specific subjects, Learning Specialists holistically develop the whole student by promoting the students’ academic and social growth. 

Pathways students are required to attend their scheduled weekly mentoring sessions; however, Pathways also provides “drop-in” times where students can sign up for additional help with a Learning Specialist.

WORKSHOPS and Study Groups

Pathways believes in bringing our students together and providing them with opportunities that will enhance their skills as future professionals. Workshops, which may cover a wide range of topics such as Note Taking, Self-Advocacy, Textbook Reading, Essay Writing, Interview Skills, and Resume Writing, are incorporated into our program to strengthen our students’ abilities and prepare them for higher education as well as their professional career. Study groups in specific subject areas, such as algebra, history, foreign language, psychology, are offered depending upon student need. While the contents of these workshops and study groups are useful, the workshops also give students the chance to meet others in their community, create connections, and learn from one another.


Once incoming freshmen are welcomed to join Pathways, they are required to attend a summer program prior to their first semester at the college. Our goals are to learn the specific needs of each student, to begin preparing individuals for the academic rigors of higher education, and to build a sense of trust and community within the group.

The summer program allows Pathways students to smoothly transition into higher education as they build their confidence for college, become comfortable within the college setting, and are introduced to a community. This program continues into the fall semester because the program integrates a three-credit course that begins in the summer program and continues into the fall semester.


The program provides services above and beyond those accommodations required under the law. As a result, students accepted into Pathways are assessed a surcharge for program services. There is also an additional cost for the summer program. Information on specific program costs may be obtained from the Pathways Office at 845-398-4230.

In reference to the additional costs for the program, it is suggested that you contact your accountant and /or IRS regarding possible deductibility. Some employers and insurers may have reimbursement policies for part or all of the program surcharge; please contact your employer to discuss eligibility. Finally, students may be eligible for financial assistance. Information and applications for financial aid are available from the College Financial Aid Office.

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