College Plus

College Plus offers people an opportunity to go to college or achieve a certification with support from a mentor.  College Plus recognizes continuing education can help individuals develop a career path, explore dreams, make friends, and strengthen a person’s overall well-being.

Purpose

The purpose of College Plus is to help people go to and stay in college or attend a certificate course until they graduate or achieve education/career goals.  If needed, College Plus can help students obtain finances and identify education or career goals. Through support and mentoring offered by College Plus, students experience hope, perseverance, increased self-esteem, and reduced fear, which has helped students be successful in their studies and remain in college until graduation.

College Plus offers support groups or individual support based on the needs and location of the students enrolled in the initiative.  Certified Peer Specialists who themselves have had struggles while attending college offer the peer support to students. Please call or email College Plus to find out more about our peer support.

College Plus has no age limitations and you can study any topic.  Anyone who meets the below criteria is welcome to apply.

Main Eligibility Criteria:

  • Resident of Bucks County
  • Have a documented mental health or co-occurring diagnosis
  • Strong desire to obtain a higher level of education, to advance to a career or both
  • Have typing skills and computer knowledge in Word and internet usage
  • Agree to participate in support groups if accepted into College Plus

Click the link below to Apple for College Plus. We use JotForms to keep the form data fully secure, so you will be taken to a new web page with the form on it.

NOTE: If you are unsure about the direction of your life, we will help you create a vision of your future by looking at your strengths, interests, and abilities. We use a proven online assessment tool, which can help guide you in making some decisions towards an education and/or career path.  Also, College Plus can help you develop a written H.A.N.D.® (Hope and New Directions®) Plan, which captures your strengths, goals, challenges, supportive relationships and steps that help guide you to accomplish goals and realize dreams!

History

College Plus was birthed in October 2007 as part of the spirit of advancing the focus of peer support and recovery in Bucks County. Since its inception, over 200 students have participated in College Plus.  About 30-50% of College Plus students remain in college or in pursuit of a career.

Counties Served:

Bucks County

One Student’s Testimony

“I was just browsing through a rack at my provider when I saw a brochure that caught my attention asking something about do I want to go back to college? It was like a glimmer of hope for me in such a confusing, stressful time of my life. I remember taking the brochure and I called the number hopeful for my chance to go back to college.”… “Anyhow Voice and Vision interviewed me, and I remember them accepting me into the program. I was so happy and proud I actually had a chance to follow my dream that I kept locked away in the deep recesses of my heart due to fear and doubt that I could ever actually accomplish such an inconceivable goal. I don’t mean to sound so dramatic but that’s how strong these fears and doubts were that echoed over and over in my mind.”… “Voice and Vision’s program College Plus helped to give me that window of hope to chase my dreams again with the opportunity they provided. Who knows what may have happened had I not found that brochure that day?  All I know is it was a defining moment in my life and that I am glad that I did.”
– Lynette (who ultimately obtained an Associate of Arts Degree)

Student Quotes

“The accomplishments and positive events that helped me most were earning my degree and returning to my educational path through the Voice & Vision, Inc. College Plus Program.” – Frank

“[College Plus gave me] self-confidence, the feeling I could do something significant and complete it.”

“College Plus is an encouraging and supportive program that helps those with mental health issues go back to school.  They gave great tools to be successful.”

“It’s so very supportive, great opportunity.”

“Good starting place if you are struggling to find out how to go to college.”

College Plus Orientation
College Plus Orientation