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LifeLink PSU

LifeLink PSU
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LifeLink PSU
State College Area School District Department of Special Education
240 Villa Crest Drive
State College, PA 16801
Program Contact Heather Pringle
Phone 814-231-1072

LifeLink PSU provides State College Area School District students with special needs, between the ages of 18 and 21 an opportunity to interact with students of their own age in an environment that is socially and academically conducive to continued growth. These students are still enrolled in the State College Area School District, and have not taken their high school diploma.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
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
School district or agency partner: State College Area School District
Contact person: Heather Pringle
Deadline to apply to this program: Must be a student at State College Area High School
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Students with all disabilities are considered for this program. Determination is driven by the IEP team.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

<p>Students are admitted based on (1) their IEP team's decision; (2) review of application materials by the Director of Special Education and the Program Coordinator</p>

Cost of the program:
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:
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students "sit in" select college courses, but do not recieve a college transcript.

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:

Classes are created based on student interests.  Four courses are offered: Cooking, Swimming, Cheerleading and Photography.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 85%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
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: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students enjoy going to activities on campus.  They are very involved with Penn State Athletics, other campus clubs and groups, and participate in a weekly "Late Nite" activities that involves spending time with other Penn State students.