Montana Center for Inclusive Education
The E-Mentoring program focuses on high school students with disabilities located in rural areas and college students receiving support from Disability Support Services at Montana State University Billings (MSUB). The two groups interact using WebEx as the technological tool for online group meetings on a bi-weekly basis. High school students are given an overview of how disability services and accommodations can differ from high school to the post-secondary setting. They learn that it is important that they have knowledge of their disabilities and appropriate compensation strategies. The college students serve as role models and share self-advocacy skills so students learn to advocate for themselves.
The high school students also have the opportunity to tour three post-secondary campuses including MSUB, City College, and Rocky Mountain College. On the tours, they receive information about career options and the types of academic and occupational training needed to succeed in the workplace. The high school students also learn about academic curricula, college applications and admission processes, completing the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA), and resources that may be used to support individual student success in education and training, which could include disability support services.
The outcome of the E-Mentoring program is to provide the high school students with disabilities the information and skills they need in order to make a successful transition to the college environment.
This program is funded in whole or in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services or the Federal Government.