Created by UNCG Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Dr. Terri L. Shelton in 2007, Beyond Academics is the first post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina.
Students enrolled in the Beyond Academics program at UNCG receive a four-year certificate of completion in Integrative Community Studies (ICS) from the Office of the Provost and job training that prepares them for 21st-century jobs, independent living, and engaging in civic and social activity.
Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to approximately 32,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The Albemarle, North Carolina-based company has earned Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction by The Council on Quality and Leadership – and is among a small and elite group worldwide to receive this designation.
Originally published June 22, 2017. Photography by Tyler Oakes