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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
Phone 985-549-3030

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.

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: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1st of each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
  • Must have basic self-help skills and no behavioral concerns
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 81%
Retention rate: 160%
Tuition amount: $0.00
Program specific fees: $3,000.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship
Northshore Community Foundations
Grant's Gifts

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
Information on special classes:

Lions Connected students take a Life Skills course that is taught by the Program Coordinator. The Life Skills Program that is used is called "Life Centered Education." This is a program sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Credit for prior learning and workforce certificates if eligible
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Yes, customer service, emergency medical responder, and CPR - through MOU with Northshore Technical & Community College

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Lions Connected students have participated in on-campus organizations, school events, and school sporting events. These students have also attended on campus Theatre shows.

Last updated: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 16:12