The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College is a certificate-based, post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities interested in developing their education for continue to gain skills to enter the workforce.

The Achievement Center recognizes that every student learns and processes information differently. Through the use of student-centered curriculum and individualized strategies, the Achievement Center provides a bridge and support to help students achieve their individualized goals.

Our college-level classes and student-centered approach empowers our students to find the right learning tools for them. To meet their goals, the Achievement Center has created academically inclusive and specialized classes include instruction in:

  • Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking
  • Writing and Research
  • Public Speaking and College Presentations
  • Employment and Career strategies
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Social Skills Training
  • Mathematics
  • College Planning and Strategies
  • Self Advocacy

Through these series of classes it offers our students an opportunity to “learn their voice” and acclimate themselves to the classroom and college experience.  Each student learns differently and demonstrates their knowledge of class material in various ways.  The Achievement Center helps students identify their study habits; note-taking skills; self advocacy in the classroom and on campus; and learn advantages to student planning and time management.

We challenge our students to critically examine reading material (short stories, poetry, novels); explore their writing abilities (Essays, Research papers); communication and social skills training; career development; and oral presentations.  As a result, our students build confidence, empowerment, independence, and create new individual goals and aspirations.

The Achievement Center at Raritan Valley Community College is a partnership with The Arc of Somerset County, The Arc of Hunterdon County, Raritan Valley Community College, and the Board of Freeholders.