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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 Stephanie O'Connor, Senior Director of Education & Transition Services
Program Contact Email
Phone 920-245-9265
Website Program website
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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 AbleLight 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: January 18, 2023

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
Number of students: 15
Summer program name ALC 101
Description of our summer transition program: Do you want to learn more about what a day in the life is like for a AbleLight College student? We invite you to come experience campus life for yourself! Join us for a full-immersion experience designed for high school students interested in enrolling at AbleLight College for the 2023-2024 school year. Students will take a walk in the shoes of our current AbleLight College students, experiencing classes, dorm and campus life, and community activities.
Summer program link: ALC 101
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other types of developmental disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 90.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 95.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $32770.00
Room and board: $12160.00
Program fees: $1100.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
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
  • Local School District 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 have access to any classes in the university eligible for audit (this is the vast majority of courses).
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Some of the classes include Independent Living courses, Financial Literacy, Health/Wellness and Career Preperation courses
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Applied Learning
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Health services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation