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INSPIRE

INSPIRE
Franklin College
INSPIRE
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131
Program Contact Lisa Whitlow-Hill
Email lwhitlow-hill@earlywood.org
Phone 3177368495
Website http://www.earlywood.org

The purpose of the INSPIRE program is to provide transition-aged students (ages 18 to 22) with intellectual 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: February 25, 2021

General
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: 12
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Earlywood Educational Services
Contact person: Misty Crouch
Email: mcrouch@earlywood.org
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
Program length: 2 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 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Our students may attend a college class each semester, one day per week.
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: INSPIRE 100 is taught for the students in the program. It meets once per week during the school year. Areas of focus for the course are: social skills, resume building, job interview skills, job application completion skills, life skills, and any other skills in which the current students need instruction.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 8%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Our students can participate in the Best Buddies program at the college.