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Nazareth College
4245 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618
Program Contact Amy Fallis
Phone 585 389 4973
Website Program website

LifePrep@Naz is an innovative program designed to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities a similar-aged, college based, learning community that allows for their transformation from high school students to self-determined and employed contributors in our society. Created through the collaborative relationship among Nazareth College, Victor Central School District, and The Arc of Monroe County, the LifePrep program thrives on the passion and commitment of all involved parties. LifePrep students are included throughout the college community with the support of Nazareth student mentors, who are supported by the college with federal work-study programming. LifePrep is designed to prepare students for success, not only in the classroom, but also for life in the community following completion of this college experience.

Program information submitted: March 2, 2021

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:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 21
School district or agency partner: Victor Central School District
Contact person: Leanne Gmeindl
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1, 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Students must have either completed their high school program and entering transition or referred to LifePrep@Naz through the Arc of Monroe.
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
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:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Lifeprep students enroll in a college class of their choice, to audit with professor approval. They attend classes with a mentor student and participate within the class as a matriculated Nazareth student.
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: In addition to their Nazareth college class, Lifeprep students have a full time special education teacher that provides individualized programming and two full time vocational specialists. Lifeprep students attend life skills classes, participate in OT, PT, Speech and Social work groups designed to meet the needs of our Lifeprep students and provide clinical skills to our Nazareth students and work alongside Nazareth community members in vocational training opportunities.
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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