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Northwestern NEXT

Northwestern NEXT
Northwestern College
Northwestern NEXT
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
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Program Contact John Menning
Phone 712-707-7454

Northwestern NEXT invites students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18 - 24, to participate in a collaborative and inclusive Christian college experience that promotes independence, social growth, and employment/career outcomes. NEXT is a two-year certificate of completion program the offers individuals with ID an integrated college experience emphasizing life and social skills, academic enrichment, including courses from the college catalog, independent living, and career development.

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: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: June 30
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-24
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $8,160.00
Room and board: $9,600.00
Program specific fees: $2,313.00
Additional costs: $1,230.00

Residence life fee: $1,030, Technology fee: $200

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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

<p>Students audit up to 6 credits per semester of pre-approved courses from the college catalog. The tuition fee includes all audited courses.</p>

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>Students also take customized classes in practical academics, health and wellness, independent living, and career readiness.</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion of NW NEXT
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Para-educator, Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA)

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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:

<p>Students attend several different sporting events throughout the year, Drama Club/Ensemble, Bowling, Sign Language Club, plays and movies, dances.</p>

Last updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 09:00