My Experience with the Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program

The author studying

By: Mason Billingsley

The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program is a very good program. It’s actually way better than the Douglas County school district bridge program.

It has very nice teachers, staff and student mentors. I enjoy the classes I am doing. I’m doing an online business management class. It’s a series of online videos (very interesting). I am also doing a Self-Advocacy class as well, along with a Learning How to Learn class. I enjoy being in the college environment. For transportation I take the light rail down to the metro campus in Denver, Co. It’s right across the street from the Pepsi Center. The campus is really big because there are two other schools on campus. There is Metro State University, Community College of Denver and University Colorado of Denver.

I am studying Business Management, as my course of study. It shows me what it takes to

The author presenting in class

The author presenting in class

run a business. I have wanted to run my own business for a long time. It something I have always had a passion for. Some of the things I have learned are Product vs. Market- it has shown how to start a business.  It shows me how to create a product to sell to different companies. I am good at making things out of wood.

Tradition vs. Innovation-it has shown me how to manage a business. It has told me how things are different between traditional like Mountain Dew vs. Pepsi. They are both made by the same company, but they have different tastes. One has a sweeter taste than the other one.

Local vs. Global-it has also shown me how things are different when you are over in Italy. The local stuff is based on food in the U.S. I learned that drinks in England have more sugar and more corn syrup.

My favorite part is being on campus. The only downside is the light rail traffic in the morning. I like the fact that my classes aren’t very long.

Overall the Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program is a very good program to be in. The other day we were learning about team building from one of our student mentors. The student mentors help us out a lot. There are only 5 of us in the program right now. I’m hoping the program will continue to grow. I already know that this program is going to be very successful.  ~ Mason Billingsley

The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program provides inclusive higher education programming for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through university, business and community agency partnerships. Students are on campus, in classes, in Colorado, and earning certificates in their individualized area of study. For more information about The IHECP/Inclusive College, please contact us:

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