Updated on 4/9/2009 5:20:40 PM.
Tammy Day, M.Ed., has joined the Vanderbilt Kennedy Postsecondary Education Program and will serve as its program director. Day previously was a special education liaison and compliance specialist and a coordinator of transition programming and training in Rutherford County Schools. She has been a member of the Tennessee Task Force for Postsecondary Education for Students With Intellectual Disabilities since May 2007. During her career, she has had extensive experience working with students with diverse needs and their families. She is a graduate of Peabody College of Education and says she was drawn back to the Vanderbilt University campus and to the PSE “because the mission of the program is at the heart of my life's work.”
“Tennessee is well overdue to have postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities,” said Day. “The program will help these students attain their goals. They will be able to continue their education along-side their same-age peers. This is huge for us in Tennessee! The students will have an opportunity to take college classes, further develop their life skills, gain vocational skills, and participate in extra-curricular activities with other college kids. I am thrilled to play a part in helping postsecondary education become a reality for students with intellectual disabilities.”
The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Postsecondary Education Program (PSE) is well into its initial planning year and will accept its first students in January 2010. Its implementation is being led by Day, Elise McMillan, J.D., UCEDD co-director, and Robert Hodapp, Ph.D., professor of special education and UCEDD research director.
The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities awarded a 3-year grant to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to plan and coordinate a model Postsecondary Educational Program that is integrated, successful, sustainable, and replicable by other Tennessee colleges and universities.
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The VKC also is part of national consortium of universities working to expand opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities; for information see thinkcollege.net.
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