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Lions Connected

Lions Connected
Southeastern Louisiana University
Lions Connected
1300 North General Pershing SLU Box 10749
Hammond, LA 70402
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Program Contact Dr. Gerlinde Beckers
Program Contact Email
Phone 985-549-3030
Website Program website
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The mission of Lions Connected (LC) is to provide a personalized, post-secondary educational experience for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) by immersing our students into the College Experience while preparing them for vocational opportunities and becoming valued members of society. Lions Connected is apprroved by the U.S. Department of Education as a comprehension transitiona & post-secondary program.  Lions Connected courses, combined with college-level courses are centered around the practice of “learning by doing”. As LC students prepare for a career they love, we work closely with each student to customize their courses and college experience. Academic mentors accompany each student every step of the way, including class attendance, in-class assignments and out-of-class assignments and homework support. Social Mentors are available to work with our students as often as needed. The entire program is driven by the importance of inclusion of students. LC students learn functional, social, employment, and academic skills needed to be successful individuals in society. Each semester, LC students audit 1 Academic Course as well as 1 Kinesiology Lab Course. In addition, LC students participate in a functional Life Skills Program and Inclusive Vocational Opportunities on campus beginning in their second year. During the final semester of the program, LC students have the opportunity for supported employment.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 17
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
  • Basic self-help skills; no behavior concerns; basic academic skills; a desire for independence and to be a college student
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic brain injury; physical disabilities
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 44.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We have more applicants than we have available program capacity
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $3000.00
Program fees: $150.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Lunch money and money to attend extracurricular evens if there is a charge
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Ruby's Rainbow Northshore Community Foundation
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: Person centered planning. Each student choses the courses they would like to attend based on their interests and course offering by semester
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Life skills courses based on individualized needs
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate with documentation of area of study
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Credentials can be earned through a partnerships with Northshore Technical Community College
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: All students beginning in Year 2 participate in Inclusive Vocational Opportunities on campus in a field of interest
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation