The Pioneer Pipeline Project at Marietta College looks towards new horizons. The program for young adults with developmental disabilities received a large grant from OSU.
The OSU Nisonger Center for intellectual disibilities has provided Marietta College with a $15,000 grant for the Pioneer Pipeline Project.
This project was started by Dr. Bill Bauer and Dr. Chris Klein, both professors at Marietta College. It stated last year, for local students from the community with development disabilities transitioning out high school got paired up with Marietta College students.
The program helps transition these students into the real world by teaching them basic life skills in a three part process: employment, recreation and academic. It is to help the young adults become more socially and functionally independent.
This coming year it will only be students from Warren High School.
College relations Director Tom Perry says this program is a great success and this grant will help it grow even more.
"They were able to take the pilot program that they had in place last fall, and apply for the grant. The grant allows them to expand more, they have more finances available to do more, have more students and they work with Warren High School," said Tom Perry, Executive Director of College Relations at Marietta College
OSU organizers say giving the grant to Marietta College was a no brainer.
"Our expectation is that this program is going to be very successful for Marietta College, we know Dr. Bauer very well, he's well know in the disabilities field, and we know his potential and what he can do with his ideas, we don't have any stipulations, but we are pretty sure it will be very successful for South Eastern Ohio and Marietta college," said Scott Nelson, Job Developer at OSU.
Kelly Querry is a teacher at Warren High School who specializes in this field and is a coordinator with this project.
Queery says the grants pays for the program to run for two years. The students will be bused up to Marietta College twice a week. She says being able to use the Marietta College facilities not only helps grow the program, it allows the students to apply the skills they are learning in the community.
Querry says she hopes that by the end of two years, the community and the schools can see what the difference it makes in these young adult lives and the program continues.