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Giant Wildcat Academy (GWA)

Giant Wildcat Academy (GWA)
Indiana Wesleyan University
Giant Wildcat Academy (GWA)
4901 S. Washington St
Marion, IN 46953
Program Contact Lisa Graham
Phone 765-677-4456

The purpose of the GWA program is to provide transition-aged students (ages 18 to 22) with intellectual and cognitive 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.

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 10
School district or agency partner: Grant County Special Education Cooperative
Contact person: Lisa Graham
Deadline to apply to this program: March before the next school year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-22
  • 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
  • According to Article 7 eligibility categories
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: Student must buy a meal ticket in order to eat. If there are any individual class fees (i.e. art supplies) the student is responsible. Student must also have access to a cellphone while on campus.
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:
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

We continue to write Individual Education Plan goals and each student meets with their special ed. teacher to work on those weekly.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half 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: 50%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

intramural sports, freshman orientation, social time at the Coffee shop, exercise in the fitness room, chapel, campus wide service-learning, athletic events, concerts.

Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 14:57