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Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP)

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP)
Minot State University
Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP)
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
Program Contact Amy Armstrong
Email amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu
Phone 800-233-1737
Website http://www.ndcpd.org/astep

ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a possibility for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in inclusive college courses, complete paid integrated employment internships, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life.

ASTEP utilizes a variety of supports and peer partners to collaborate with students including peer mentors, practicum students, natural supports, campus tutors, and campus and community supports services. ASTEP Peer Mentors are university students who support individuals in all areas of the program based on needs. These roles include academic support, job coaching, social support, and independent living skills training. Peer Mentors assist students with integration into an inclusive campus environment.

The following criteria need to be considered in order for a student to be eligible for the ASTEP program:

  • ID as the primary or secondary disability;
  • Age 18 to 26;
  • IDEA Eligible or previously IDEA Eligible;
  • No ACT or SAT required but recommended;
  • Social Graduation (Unsigned Diploma/May be currently on IEP while attending ASTEP) or High School Diploma;
  • Have practical literacy skills to support interacting with college level material;
  • Ability to follow University Code of Conduct;
  • Safety skills in unsupervised settings; and
  • Motivation and interest to attend college and be employed.

To learn more about attending college with the ASTEP program visit www.ndcpd.org/astep or contact the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at 1-(800)-233-1737 or email Amy Armstrong, Project Director at amy.armstrong@minotstateu.edu.

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 7
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: ASTEP will partner with any Local Education Agency and/or regional Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: Please contact ASTEP in the fall semester a year prior to your anticipated enrollment in the program. ASTEP staff will share information regarding the application process.
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Eligibility Requirements: -ID as the primary or secondary disability; -Age 18 to 26; -IDEA Eligible or previously IDEA Eligible; -No ACT or SAT required but recommended; -Social Graduation (Unsigned Diploma/May be currently on IEP while attending ASTEP) or High School Diploma; -Have practical literacy skills to support interacting with college level material; -Ability to follow University Code of Conduct; -Safety skills in unsupervised settings; and -Motivation and interest to attend college and be employed.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Cost
Tuition amount: $3,500.00
Room and board: $6,150.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

ACCESS Scholarship from North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD). Any student with a disability attending Minot State University is eligible to apply. Apply by June.​ Download application at: http://www.ndcprd.org/assets/access-scholarship-application.pdf

 

Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

ASTEP Pathways

ASTEP has two pathways that include inclusive course work, career development, independent living skills, self-determination and services learning requirements resulting in a College-to-Career certificate. Participants complete inclusive core and elective courses based on employment goals, an employment internship, independent living and self-determination activities. Opportunities to engage in social activities on campus and in the community are also available.

Pathway I: Allows both transition-age students with ID who are dually-enrolled as well as young adults who have graduated from high school the option to complete a College-to-Career Certificate.

·       Students in Pathway I audit courses and are not required to have completed the ACT test or have a minimum grade point average.

·       Program requirements include completing: (1) coursework from the MSU/DCB undergraduate catalog (for audit or credit), (2) employment internships, (3) self-determination and independent living skills training and (4) service learning hours. 

Pathway II:  Allows both transition-age students with ID who are dually-enrolled as well as young adults who have graduated from high school the opportunity to receive a College-to-Career Certificate as well as one MSU/DCB AAS & diploma programs such as Advertising & Marketing, Bookkeeping, Caregiver Services, Information Management - Accounting Technician, Information Management - Administrative Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Paraprofessional Educator, Reception Services and Small Business Management. Students in Pathway II have up to three years to complete an AAS, diploma program, or certificate in the area of their choosing while maintaining access to ASTEP’s individualized supports.

·       Students eligible for Pathway II must complete the ACT test prior to enrollment and demonstrate the ability to take college courses for credit.

Program requirements include completing all components of the College to Career Certificate however courses must be taken for credit. Students will also take an additional 12 to 33 credits of inclusive coursework based on the AAS or diploma program requirements.


 

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College to Career Certificate and other career focused certificates for Pathway II students.
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
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%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Pathway II:  Allows both transition-age students with ID who are dually-enrolled as well as young adults who have graduated from high school the opportunity to receive a College-to-Career Certificate as well as one MSU/DCB AAS & diploma programs such as Advertising & Marketing, Bookkeeping, Caregiver Services, Information Management - Accounting Technician, Information Management - Administrative Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Paraprofessional Educator, Reception Services and Small Business Management.

http://www.dakotacollege.edu/collaborative-students/minot-programs/

Students in Pathway II have up to three years to complete an AAS, diploma program, or certificate in the area of their choosing while maintaining access to ASTEP’s individualized supports. (See more information under academics.)

 

Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students participant in Campus Life activities including attending sporting events, theater and concerts on campus as well as homecoming and other campus engagement activities. Students participate in intermural sports and utilize the campus wellness center. Students also join various campus clubs.

Last updated: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 16:52