While there is a significant focus on getting the college experience, supported learning is not limited to the university environment. The eventual goal of ACCESS Is to prepare students for a successful and meaningful life post-graduation. Students are involved in many community activities such as local fundraisers, volunteer events, and festivals. In order for the Starkville community to be more accessible to ACCESS students, they are taught to use the S.M.A.R.T. (Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit) bus system.
A major advantage for all MSU students and Starkville residents is the S.M.A.R.T. bus (https://www.smart.msstate.edu/), a free public transportation system that serves Starkville and Mississippi State University. From the very first day, ACCESS students begin learning how to navigate campus on foot and by bus. The S.M.A.R.T. bus is operated by Mississippi State University Parking and Transit Services. The buses are very clean, the drivers are always friendly and helpful, and at least one ADA-accessible bus is provided per route.
ACCESS seniors who intern off-campus will ride the S.M.A.R.T. bus to their job sites. All job sites are located near a bus stop. College Coaches will ride with their students to their destinations until the students are familiar with the routes and comfortable traveling independently.