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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
Phone 217-641-4340
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College for Life (CFL) welcomes students with intellectual disabilities and other learning challenges. Our small community college offers a safe, welcoming environment. Students must be 18 years and older. Students may enroll after high school, or CFL may be part of a special education transition plan.

College for Life courses prepare students for successful adulthood as employees, citizens, and neighbors. Students develop soft skills, make progress in academic skills, and explore a variety of content areas. Diverse learners start the program with unique skills, needs and interests. They make progress at their own pace, achieve individual goals, and create a personal portfolio.

Core courses required for the CFL Certificate are Self-Advocacy 1-3, Person-Centered Planning, Positive Communication, Healthy Relationships, Personal Finance, Workforce Preparation, and Guided Group Discovery. For electives, students may choose non-credit CFL courses, regular college courses, or individual tutoring.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

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: 11
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling application
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Any intellectual or learning disability that required special education and limits success in regular college courses
Program length: 3 years
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 70.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Retention was impacted by Covid.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $1125.00
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
  • Grant Funding
  • civic organizations, employers, churches
Scholarships available: JWCC Foundation offers a New Student Scholarship of $250 each for fall and spring. Students must enroll in at least 3 courses.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Students are encouraged to take college courses for credit or audit, participate in Adult Literacy/GED courses, or participate in individual tutoring.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: CFL non-credit courses include core courses and elective courses. Elective courses change each semester and cover a wide variety of topics.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College for Life Certificate of Completion
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 15%
Other career development activities are:
  • None
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%