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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
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. 

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: 12
School district or agency partner: Dubois, Spencer or Pike county school systems, SIRS (Southern Indiana Resource Solutions)
Deadline to apply to this program: admission is determined at a student's annual review conference. There is no formal admission process
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 80%
Tuition amount: $0.00
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:
  • Local School District funds
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: Yes
Information on special classes:

Independent living, functional academics, work skills

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students attend any on-campus events offered to all VUJC students during the school day.  They help set up for events as well as host a speaker or presentation once a year. Students participate in on-campus work experiences.  Students ae able to join college clubs if interested. Students utilize all on-campus recreational services offered to VUJC students.

Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 14:47