Achieve’s mission is to provide specialized services to students with learning differences.
We address students’ needs individually and develop a plan to make their transition easier into college. The Achieve Program helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed both academically and socially in college, and builds their confidence along the way with a focus on preparing students for life after College.
In 2015, the Director of Disability Services noticed that some students with learning differences, who were capable of succeeding, were struggling to adjust to college life. These students were not succeeding because their support level dropped dramatically compared to what they received in high school. There was a clear need for ongoing support that addressed the challenges that arose in every class. From this notion, Villa Maria College developed its Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences.
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Villa Maria College is more than just a place to take classes. It’s a place where you can pursue your passion, sharpen your skills and take your talents to the next level.
Villa offers its students unwavering support – from assistive technology to personalized accommodations. However, being an Achieve student at Villa isn’t just about doing well in your classes, it’s about connecting with your classmates, growing socially, trying new things and having a true college experience. Villa provides a robust college experience, both inside and outside of the classroom!
Why Achieve at Villa?
The Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences is part of Villa Maria College, a collegiate institution that has been part of the Western New York community for 60+ years. It’s a place where you can pursue your passion, sharpen your skills and take your talents to the next level.
The College’s inclusive atmosphere and student-centered environment provides the foundation for student success. We seek to address students’ needs individually and develop a plan to make their transition easier into college. The Achieve Program helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed both academically and socially in college.
The Achieve Program was created by a team of professionals who are experienced in working with students with learning differences. The Achieve Program charges a modest fee to provides services to students with learning differences that go above and beyond what is required by law.
”"My learning differences made it challenging for me to understand everything I was being taught. Achieve gave me the opportunity to continue to get the help I had been used to receiving in high school at the college level. Because of my drive to do well, and with the help of the tutors in the Achieve Program, I’m on my way to attaining my goals while maintaining a 3.2 GPA or higher grade until graduation. Through the school’s and Achieve’s help, I know I will soon have a successful Graphic Arts/Creative Writing career."Rebecca KendallGraphic Design, Class of 2020