College Internship Program celebrates 35 years

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LEE — The College Internship Program marked its 35th anniversary with a June 5 Berkshire County celebration at the Good Purpose Gallery.

The event also honored CIP Founder Michael McManmon "for his 50 years of service helping young adults with autism and learning differences achieve success," and coincided with the opening of his new art exhibit, "Reacciones," in the gallery.

McManmon's son, CIP President Dan McManmon, recognized both this father's accomplishments, as well as community members, partners, staff and students for the program's successes.

"This community has embraced CIP and made a home for our students who come from many different states and countries," Dan McManmon said in his prepared remarks.

"Back in 1984, my father, Dr. Michael McManmon, had the unique vision and drive to create this abilities-based program at a time when almost nothing else existed. Michael has spent the last 50 years mentoring our incredible young adults, their families, and our staff," he said. "He has shaped our industry through innovation and shear passion. Personally, I've seen my father grow and evolve in ways I had not expected."

Michael McManmon, a licensed psychologist and artist, was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome as an adult.

CIP is a post-secondary program serving students with Asperger's syndrome, autism, and other learning differences at five campuses across the country.

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