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AbleLight College

AbleLight College
Concordia University Wisconsin
AbleLight College
12800 Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
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Program Contact Laura Stanley Pelzel
Phone 262-243-2183
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AbleLight College is a two or three year certificate program in the inclusive university environment of Concordia University Wisconsin, designed to meet the higher education needs of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students attending AbleLight College live inclusively with Concordia University students in the dorms with support, attend Concordia University courses with supports and accommodations, and have one to two internships each semester. Internships can be on campus and off campus. Students are supported by life skills coaches, job skill coaches and student classroom instructors. The goal of Bethesda College is to prepare students for independent adult living and employment in the community. AbleLight College follows graduates into the community with transitional supports to continue practicing independent living skills that were acquired throughout college.

Program information submitted: February 24, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 13
Summer program name BC101
Description of our summer transition program:

Bethesda College 101 is a full-immersion week long experience designed for high school and transition program students interested in enrolling at Bethesda College after graduation. Students attend the summer before completing high school. For the full week, high school students will take a walk in the shoes of our current Bethesda College students, experiencing classes, dorm and campus life, and community activities.

Summer program link: BC101
School district or agency partner: Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 99.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 80.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Some were unable to return due to health issues and Covid

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $44000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students take Concordia Courses with a student instructor to help with modifications.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes:

Students take 9-11 Bethesda College Courses each semester that focus on living independently with a disability.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Applied Learning
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes