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Bridge to Independence

Bridge to Independence
Nicholls State University
Bridge to Independence
906 East 1st St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
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Program Contact Dr. Mary Breaud
Phone 985-448-4341

Career Pathway

  • 2 Year Certificate of Achievement program
  • Inclusive - students audit regular Nicholls classes and participate ia all aspects of campus life
  • Attend weekly social skill and independent living skill seminars
  • 3 semesters of job internships on campus
  • students may be eligible for financial aid
  • Option of living in residence hall on campus

Degree Pathway for Student with ASD

  • Meets Nicholls admission requirements
  • Attend weekly social skill and independent living skill seminars
  • Systematic monitoring of academeic, behavioral and social performance
  • Receives coordination of necessary student or academic services
  • Preferential residence hall placement and monitoring


Public or private: Public
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: 25
Description of our summer transition program: Incoming students in the certificate program attend a one week overnight camp. This camp gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the campus and staff before beginning their first semester. Incoming students in the degree program have an option of attending the overnight camp. Summer session mini-camps are optional for students continuing internships (certificate program) and also for those taking courses (degree program).
School district or agency partner: 0
Contact person: 0
Deadline to apply to this program: March/April for certificate program, ongoing for degree program
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-28
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: Tuition, fees, and housing information can be found on the Nicholls State University website. Program fees for Bridge is $2,055. per semester
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

National and local organizations have applications for scholarships. 

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

 Student Government Association, Beta Sigma Iota , Delta Zeta, BCA, Campus Catholics, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and football games, Welcome Back Day, Welcome Feshman Party, Greek activities, etc.


Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:09