A program specifically designed for individuals over age 55

Learning is a lifetime journey… growing older merely
 adds experience to knowledge of man, and wisdom to curiosity.” —C. E. Lawrence (author)

The College of Staten Island OPTIONS program offers opportunities for learning, creativity, socialization, and fun...keeping students active, involved, and thriving!

Courses range from Shakespeare to technology, politics to painting, and history to religion. There’s something for everyone. All courses are non-credit with no tests or grades and are open to anyone 55 and older. A one-time semester fee of $80 allows students to take a variety of courses designed with their interests and needs in mind. An end-of-semester luncheon and a club that meets every Thursday afternoon help to create an engaging experience of learning and socialization. For more information, please call 718.982.2182.




AHRC New York City’s Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) is a fully inclusive college-based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration and preparation, self-awareness and personal improvement, community engagement, and the development of self-advocacy skills.

This is a non-credit, non-degree program that provides individualized academic, vocational, community, and social experiences for young adults in a highly supportive, yet challenging environment. These students have the same opportunities for social and personal growth as other young adults at the college level.

Each student has an individualized weekly schedule. Students are encouraged to think critically, as well as to develop an academic and life plan. Students take classes that are reflective of areas of interest and strength, as well as the core courses required of all students.

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Programs students are pursuing internships, both on and off campus, in a variety of areas. The social conscience and personal dedication of the College’s administration and faculty and AHRC New York City administrators and program staff enable us to collectively struggle, grow, persist, and share with others, creating new enduring models for education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, call the Melissa Riggio Program at 718.982.2083.


The Creative Exchange Program has been serving developmentally disabled adults in a non-degree program for more than 30 years. Creative Exchange consistently offers a wide range of classes that include, but are not limited to, English language arts, poetry, world history, and geography. Students enrolled must be at least 21 years of age. Classes are run in the evenings, from Tuesday through Friday, in the community and on campus, from mid- September until mid-May, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The Creative Exchange Program also offers a more demanding program called Life Skills. This program also serves developmentally disabled adults, aged 21 and older, in a non-degree program. Classes offered include math, reading, social studies, social skills, and group interaction. Students are also encouraged to work independently on a number of assignments. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and follow the College calendar. Applying to both programs is achieved by completing the registration form and sending it with the required attachments.

Registration forms can be obtained by emailing michael.green@csi.cuny.edu.