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AIM (Advocacy, Independence, Mastery)

AIM (Advocacy, Independence, Mastery)
Vicennes University Jasper Campus
AIM (Advocacy, Independence, Mastery)
850 College Avenue
Jasper, IN 47546
Program Contact Mande Keusch
Email mkeusch@dspcoop.org
Phone 812-631-9985

The purpose of the AIM program is to provide transition-aged students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual disabilities, or other qualifying disabilities, a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field.  Students will particpate in on-campus and/or community work experiences (paid and/or unpaid), be exposed to various career options, participate in on-campus social experiences offered by the college, and build independent living skills through classroom and community-based learning.  AIM Academy is open to students who are on certificate of completion track and are enrolled in a high school in Dubois, Pike, or Spencer County.  Students are transported to and from AIM on public transportation. 

Program information submitted: March 24, 2021

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 8
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Dubois, Spencer or Pike county school systems, SIRS (Southern Indiana Resource Solutions)
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • SLD, OHI on certificate of completion
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 4.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 10%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%