Director Of Residence Life's Welcome

Nikki Koppel

Director of Residence Life

Summit Campus

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Welcome to Summit Campus, where we are Opening Doors to an Independent Future.

 

If you are on our website, you have a quirky, intelligent, and capable young adult on the spectrum you believe could be successfully enrolled in a college or vocational program. You recognize the value of an education, but you are primarily concerned about whether they have the skills necessary to navigate the opportunities and demands that students confront as they move through their college experience. 

 

Can they manage their time? How will they connect socially? Will they just stay in their room? What about hygiene? Will they learn to make decisions for better or for worse and pivot when appropriate? Will they learn to access campus support and take advantage of their campus community and their surrounding city? Can they get counseling? How will they manage their finances, medications, their health? 

 

Most importantly, who can I talk to so I really know how they are doing but can take a step back?

 

Every parent considering a post-secondary program has these concerns. For our students on the spectrum these issues take on a critical level of importance. As parents of children on the spectrum, we have learned to take nothing for granted. Skill acquisition does not come naturally, and support is necessary. 

 

I know this because I have been on this journey with my 20-year-old. I have done some things well but have also learned some hard lessons. Given the option, I would have jumped at the opportunity to have him begin his college experience at a Summit Campus. 

 

In addition to being a mother of a child diagnosed with autism, I am an educator with expertise working with children with ASD and specializing in transition.

 

Over the next decade, 500,000 students on the spectrum will apply to college. How many of them will graduate to independent living will depend on whether they can develop the skills necessary to achieve that goal.

 

Summit Campus was created to provide critical support to students attending any of the consortium colleges and universities in the city of Worcester. We are a Living Learning Residential Community for college bound young adults with ASD along with related diagnoses designed to empower students with the transition skills necessary to live a productive, rewarding, and successful life.

 

Please contact me directly at nkoppel@summitacademiesma.com. It is our mission at Summit Campus, and my personal passion, to meet our residents and their families where they are and guide them through this time in their lives toward a promising future of their own design. 

Nikki Koppel

Director of Residence Life

Summit Campus