Vocational Independence Program

Vocational Independence Program

Welcome to the Vocational Independence Program!  NYIT’s commitment to students with special needs led to its development of two distinct but interconnected programs offered at our facility in Central Islip, Long Island, New York:

  • Introduction to Independence (I To I)
    a summer work-study-recreation program for students ages 16 to 22 who have moderate to severe learning differences.
  • Vocational Independence Program
    a three-year Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary program that focuses on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training. We admit students with special needs who have demonstrated motivation to learn and become independent despite their learning difficulties.

The Vocational Independence Program is a U.S. Department of Education approved Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary (CTP) program. Consequently, some forms of financial aid are available to eligible students with Intellectual Disabilities. Contact the program for details.


Open House is coming!  Learn more about Open House at VIP. 


Our Mission
To maximize the potential of individuals with learning differences by teaching skills and strategies and providing support necessary for successful and independent lives.

Our Vision
To be the world’s leading college-based educational, vocational, social, and independent living program for individuals with learning differences.

Our Values
NYIT’s Vocational Independence Center is guided by a dedication to excellence as embodied in its core values:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Cooperation
  • Quality
  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Safety

The Vocational Independence Program is a division of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

We are located at:

300 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, New York 11722

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Vocational Independence Program Announcements
Aug 01 2014

Open House at NYIT Vocational Independence Program

NYIT Vocational Independence Program Announces Open Houses for Nationally Recognized Transition and Post-Secondary Program for Students with Autism and Learning Disabilities

Immediate Decisions for 2014 Academic Year Available on Sept. 8

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – July 22, 2014 – NYIT’s Vocational Independence, a nationally recognized program for serving the transition and post-secondary requirements of special need students, will hold open houses on Sept. 8 and Nov. 1. On Sept. 8, applicants can receive immediate decisions for the 2014 academic year at the campus at 300 Carleton Ave. in Central Islip, N.Y.

“We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to our campus and sharing information about our residential programs,” said Ernst Van Bergeijk, associate dean and executive director of NYIT-VIP. “We focus on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training as well as offering a Pre-Degree Program and Associate Degree Support Program, which guides students through traditional NYIT academic courses.” ...more