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Raise Individual Student Expectations (RISE)

Raise Individual Student Expectations (RISE)
Indian Hills Community College
Raise Individual Student Expectations (RISE)
525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Program Contact Madison Rushing
Phone 1-800-726-2585 ext. 1736

Raise Individual Student Expectations (RISE) is a college-based transition program located at Indian Hills Community College. In conjunction with the student's high school, Indian Hills will continue to provide special education services to fulfill unmet transition needs as identified in the student's IEP.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 45
School district or agency partner: Great Prairie Area Education Agency
Contact person: Deb Cook
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1st for fall start & December 1st for spring start
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 16-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • 1) Active IEP (Individualized Education Plan) 2) Met all high school graduation requirements (Carnegie units) 3) Referral by IEP team 4) Minimum GPA of 2.0 5) 95% high school attendance 6) Motivated learner 7) Appropriate contact with students and staff 8) Independent living skills
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
Cost of the program: Costs vary by student.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Students in the RISE Program enroll in credit and non-credit courses at IHCC. Students participating in the RISE Academy, on the Centerville campus, take non-credit courses only.

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

Students in the RISE Academy take non-credit classes geared for students in the program. Students in the RISE Program take credit classes while receiving additional supports.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: The student will earn the certificate, degree or diploma awarded for their program of study by completing all of the program requirements. Students in the RISE Academy will receive a certificate of completion.
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: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students enrolled in RISE are also enrolled in an academic program at Indian Hills Community College. For a full listing of programs visit

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Ottumwa Job Corps Center

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in cheer, student senate, and various program specific clubs.

Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 15:00