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College for Life

College for Life
John Wood Community College
College for Life
1301 S. 48th St.
Quincy, IL 62305
Program Contact Michele Westmaas
Program Contact Email
Phone 217-641-4340
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

College for Life (CFL) is open to students with IDD or similar learning challenges. If you had an IEP in school, CFL might be right for you! CFL students want to become more independent. They want to be part of the community and have paying jobs. CFL helps students and their families plan for their best future. College for Life students are 18 years or older. Some have finished high school and others are continuing their IEP transition plan. Students may earn a CFL Certificate by taking required courses. Certificate students learn to speak up for themselves and manage their money. They learn to communicate with others, have healthy relationships, and get ready for a job.

Program information submitted: March 1, 2022

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:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 16
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • any student with an IEP who does not feel ready for credit bearing students may be considered for CFL
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 90.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 70.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

No new students fall 2020 due to Covid. 70% of new fall 2019 students are still enrolled. 40% will graduate after completing 3-year certificate program in spring 2022. Another 20% will graduate late after taking one semester off. 10% are taking classes at a slower pace.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $2500.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

JWCC Foundation offers scholarships to new students. One scholarship for returning students is offered by a private family endowment fund.

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 Continuing Education courses
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

Some students take credit courses while enrolled in CFL. Some leave CFL to take only credit courses. Most students completing the CFL Certificate do not take credit courses. A few students have participated in Continuing Ed courses or Adult Literacy Tutoring.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Certificate program includes required core courses that are only for students in the program. Additional elective courses can be CFL electives (non-credit courses for students in the program) OR inclusive credit-bearing courses (credit, audit, or developmental level). Each semester, five courses are offered. Two are core courses. Three are electives.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College for Life Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Two core courses: Workforce Prep 1 and Workforce Prep 2 include career exploration, skills readiness, and job search prep. Students participate virtual job shadowing and informational interviews of classroom visitors.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
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
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation