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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
Program Contact Email
Phone 712-707-7454 or 712-490-8632
Website Program website
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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.

Program information submitted: March 10, 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: 10
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: April 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 24
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
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: $9958.00
Additional costs: $1,230.00
Possible extra fee for driver's education training, plus there is a $220 technology fee
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
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: Students are allowed to audit up to 9 credit/hour courses from the college catalog
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students in the NEXT program take classes in Life Skills, Career, Wellness, and a Positive Choices class dealing with relationships.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion for Northwestern NEXT
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 57%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No