LIFE students audit college-level courses in area(s) of interest. Beginning the second semester, we devote more time to developing certain skills and interests with individualized class content, social skills classes, and the college courses that relate to each student's focus.
Like any other college student, LIFE students' class times vary based on selected coursework. Our students typically spend about four hours on campus, four days per week.
At program completion, LIFE students receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing their individualized graduation goals. Those goals, set by the student and advanced through the LIFE Program, are based on:
- Career development: Identified career goals and participated in activities that support future employment
- Independence: Achieved an increased level of independence and participated in community activities.
- Social skills: Increased social skills by developing personal and work relationships.
- Self-advocacy: Increased self-advocacy and self-determination in academic and daily living.
- Healthy living: Improved ability to assess one's own health needs and actively engaged in a healthy lifestyle.
- Self-enrichment: Knowledge of self-enrichment activities that match personal goals.
Each LIFE student is also partnered with an academic mentor. Our academic mentors are trained undergraduate students and accompany each LIFE student to each of their classes on campus. They escort the LIFE students to class, help modify in-class assignments, and provide support for assignments after and between classes.
Students audit at least one university courses each semester. They also participate in functional academic LIFE courses each semester including but not limited to:
- Personal Finances
- Time & Schedule Management
- Money Management
- Functional Academic Writing
- Reading for a Purpose
- Career Writing
- Using Media for a Purpose
- Career Readiness
- Independent Living
- Successful Employment
- Communication Skills
- Social Skills Development
- Appropriate Job Etiquette
- Vocational Readiness
Tuition and fees to be determined by university on a year by year basis.
Tuition is to be paid in full before the first day of classes begin. Financial aid is not yet available for students in the LIFE Program.