On Tuesday Night, December 11th Bellcate’s Transition Program hosted an informational evening for students and parents to learn more about Howard Center’s SUCCEED Program. SUCCEED is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities or autism. Director, Mark Prior provided detailed information and was wholly responsive to parent and student questions and concerns. “Thinking about the future is both a scary and exciting time for our students and families. Mark’s presentation was informative but also informal and reassuring. This was clearly not his first rodeo,” reflects Jesse Bell, Bellcate School Director.

Mark explained that SUCCEED students participate in a college experience that prepares them for a future of success, creativity, and contribution to their community. While enrolled in the program, students receive support from SUCCEED staff and feedback from their peers, professors, employers, and organizations. When students graduate, they have the skills they need to
• live in their own apartment
• develop meaningful friendships
• obtain fulfilling employment
• establish community

“We were hopeful after attending the session on the Succeed program and left excited for our son’s future,” stated Parent, Dennis Depaul.

“The SUCCEED workshop was thorough and so helpful in preparing for the college process for me as a parent, for my son it was very hopeful- he is super excited about college now” comments Parent, Anna Gonzales.

Bellcate students also left the evening with new insight and confidence.

“I think I can really do this,” said Student, Thor.

“I thought I was nervous about succeed but I’ve realized I’m more afraid of success,” Pondered Bellcate Student, Dylan.

And finally Transition Director, Alex Rocheleau summarized that the evening perfectly aligned to support our students with next steps on their journey towards adulthood.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about this innovative program and was also so inspiring to see our students feel hopeful and supported in their dreams of attending college.”

A big thank you to Mark Prior and all of our parents who attended.


  • Gail, Parent

    ​”When you walk in the door at Bellcate it is usually a beehive of activity. There are classes going on, meals being made, artwork and schoolwork being hung in the hallways, maybe gardening going on out front. There are kids of various ages and all levels of ability/disability busy with their school tasks. It may… Read more »

    ~ Gail