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SITE [Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment]

SITE [Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment]
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
SITE [Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment]
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Program Contact Gwen Chesterfield
Program Contact Email
Phone 317.695-5045
Website Program website

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) collaborates with IUPUI to sponsor the SITE program. SITE is a transition program that serves up to 16 IPS students ages 18-21 who graduate high school with a certificate of completion. Students outside of IPS who apply and are accepted into SITE must enroll in IPS prior to beginning the school year. Students spend one to two years on campus auditing classes, engaging in campus activities, interacting with college peers, and learning to access the campus and city of Indianapolis. Students learn to travel independently to and from campus and within the city via public transportation, IndyGo busses. The SITE Program provides students with focused instruction and practice in skills that prepare them for self-reliance, employment, pursuit of personal interests, and a fulfilling well-rounded adult life as a citizen of Indianapolis. Hallmarks of the SITE Program include the design of personalized systems to promote self-reliance in place of direct staff supervision and the creation of a personalized daily plan with each student that is aligned to their interests and assets and can be sustained well beyond their completion of the SITE program.

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 16
School district or agency partner: Indianapolis Public Schools
Contact person: Gwen Chesterfield
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: December 10
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
  • Completed a minimum of 4 years of high school
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Disabilities in addition to an intellectual disability, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy...etc.
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 72.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 23.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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 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: All courses are not available for SITE students to audit. Courses are subject to "open seats" and agreement of the instructor.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: SITE does not offer special classes per se. The SITE program provides learning opportunities and instruction in naturally occurring routines and activities on campus and in the city, such as navigating the campus, city, and public transportation system (IndyGo busses), creating and managing a personalized schedule that is not the same very day of the week, planning their social life, interning in a community business, seeking employment, pursuing interests...etc. Student may also opt into joining an interest club sponsored by the program. SITE has a document that outlines the competencies students will be working toward by virtue of the program and its many learning opportunities.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: SITE Program Certificate of Accomplishment
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 10%
Additional information about career development and work experience: We link students to VR services and assist them to access unique opportunities available to them, such as two local Project SEARCH programs.
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: No