Finger Lakes Community College has launched a program to train people for a new State University of New York direct support professional microcredential that can also be applied toward a two-year FLCC human services degree.
Direct support professionals work with people who have physical or developmental disabilities, assisting them with everyday tasks and integration into the community.
The direct support professional program at FLCC begins on Sept. 26 and consists of three eight-week courses that lead to national certification in the field of developmental disabilities. FLCC’s program is part of a statewide initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan, a COVID relief legislation. The funding will cover tuition and materials for new students.
Classes will be held online in real-time two evening per week to make it easier for those already working to attend.
Those who successfully complete all three courses will also earn nine credits toward the FLCC human services two-year degree program.
Anyone interested in the program may call (585) 785-1670 or fill out an online form at http://bit.ly/flcc-dsp.
The program was developed in partnership with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to recognize the distinct skills and competencies required of today’s direct support professionals.