Two-Year Post-Secondary Program Focuses on Career Readiness, Life Skills, and Community Engagement for Successful Transition to Adulthood

REED Autism Services has announced the launch of PATH, a two-year post-secondary certificate program in partnership with Felician University. Approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, PATH, which stands for Post-Secondary Achievement Through Hands-On Learning, is designed to impart crucial career readiness and life skills for students ages 18-21.

PATH blends dynamic classroom instruction with real-world application, emphasizing four key pillars: community engagement, employment, self-determination, and household/personal management. Classroom instruction is based on the licensed Learn4Independence® curriculum.The program also includes vocational training, equipping students with the tools for meaningful employment and independent living. 

Sarah David, Director, PATH explains, “The transition to adulthood can be challenging for many autistic individuals, and traditional educational models may not fully address their needs. PATH offers a supportive environment where students can develop essential skills, forge meaningful connections, and gain confidence, all while experiencing life as part of a college community.” 

Chantelle Walker, CEO, REED Autism Services, adds, “The launch of this critical programming is a testament to our commitment to addressing the needs of a growing autism community. We are thrilled to partner with Felician on this important initiative. As we continue to expand our reach in the autism community, PATH will undoubtedly make a profound difference in the lives of our students.”

Held on Felician University’s Rutherford campus, students can access Felician amenities, including the dining hall, fitness center, computer lab, gaming center, and study rooms. PATH students will receive individualized academic and social support to assist them with developing self-advocacy skills and integrating into the campus community.

Dr. Mildred Mihlon, President, Felician University states, “The PATH program aligns perfectly with Felician’s mission and vision. As an inclusive university, I am excited for the start of our collaborative effort with REED Autism Services and look forward to growing our support and programming for this important community of learners.”

An Open House will be held on May 7th from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at Felician University. Virtual Information Sessions will be held on April 29th from 4:30-5:30 pm and on May 15, 2024 from  7 – 8 pm. Register at, or email [email protected] to learn more.