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Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd. North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
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Program Contact Cynthia Connor
Phone 256-782-5095

Students who participate in On to JSU experience an individualized, person-centered program based on their individual interests and specific needs. Each student will participate in courses with traditional university students in order to build both social and academic skills. Students will work towards a certification in either Business Basics or Food Service through coursework and internship opportunities beginning as early as their second semester in the program. Certificate options for each On To JSU participant will be planned from existing JSU curriculum using a person- centered approach. In order to achieve the highest level of success for each student, the On To JSU Program Manager will meet individually with each student with ID to determine particular needs and preferences from among the offered courses each semester. The certificate programs are designed to be completed in a two year term of fall-spring; fall-spring semesters. A total of equivalency of 24 credit/noncredit hours will be planned over the four semesters of participation in On to JSU. The overall goal of On to JSU is to provide opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities with the needed skills; both socially and career-related that they traditionally have not been able to experience in this region of Alabama. participants in On to JSU have the opportunity to live on campus and participate in a variety of on and off campus social activities. Special education collaborative teacher candidates will also work closely with On to JSU students as campus based peers, which will be mutually beneficial to both parties. Traditional student peers from other academic disciplines are recruited to build a vital support network on campus so that students with ID will have scaffolded support at each point in the process. On To JSU offers students with ID the opportunity to cultivate academic enrichment, social, and vocational skills while living on campus and participating in social activities, sporting events, and typical college life. 

Program information submitted: April 21, 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
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: February 15
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18+
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
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)
  • Federal Financial Aid
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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? No
Information on special classes:

<p>Life Skills and Job/Career Skills</p>

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: On to JSU Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
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
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>None at this time</p>