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ASPIRE: Action and Support to Promote Inclusive Readiness Experiences

ASPIRE: Action and Support to Promote Inclusive Readiness Experiences
Dakota College, Bottineau, North Dakota
ASPIRE: Action and Support to Promote Inclusive Readiness Experiences
105 Simrall Boulevard
Bottineau, ND, ND 58318
Program Contact Maggie Backen
Program Contact Email
Phone 701-858-4339
Website Program website

ASPIRE is an inclusive college program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Located at Dakota College at Bottineau, ASPIRE partners with Dakota College at Bottineau to provide the one out of three colleges in North Dakota to support young adults with ID to attend college.

In an inclusive and supportive environment, ASPIRE students attend college courses with students who do not have disabilities, earn meaningful credentials, gain employment and learn independent living and social skills. ASPIRE’s goal is to make the dream of college a reality for students with ID and create quality futures for these individuals to live and work in their communities.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 1
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
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-26
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 3 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $5347.00
Room and board: $3025.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Books and supplies - $1000.00
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)
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
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: ASPIRE College- to - Career Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? DCB certificates and/or degree
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation