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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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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 25, 2021

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: 16
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. 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
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • TBI; Orthopedic impairments
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $3000.00
Program fees: $100.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Ruby's Rainbow and Northshore Community Foundation
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Student's course the courses they want to take based on their interest. I
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
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: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials: We provide Inclusive Vocational Opportunities on campus in the 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
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: Sporting events; fraternities/sororities; student professional organizations; community theater; student government events; student recreation center; student ministries