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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.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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
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
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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? 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.

Percentage of academic 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%
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social 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.