College Search

Soaring Eagle Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University

Soaring Eagle Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Soaring Eagle Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
icon name
Program Contact Alyssa Sanabria & Katie Curwick (Program Coordinators)
Phone 239-745-4708/239-745-4709
Website Program website

The Soaring Eagle Academy at FGCU is a two-year post-secondary transition program focused on community employment for students with intellectual disabilities. Students will complete 30 credit hours of core coursework focused on communication skills, employment, and transportation. In addition to 30 credit hours of core coursework, students will complete 9 credit hours of elective courses which will be selected by the student with support from Soaring Eagle Academy at FGCU coordinators. Students will also participate in a variety of job shadowing, volunteer, and internship opportunities in order to grow and polish their vocational skills for greater employability.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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
Number of students: 9
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: 2/15/2022
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
  • Have the ability to communicate independently and reliably with staff, faculty, community partners, and peers (not limited to verbal speech only). • Have the ability to independently navigate campus and potential job settings safely. • Have the ability to independently manage dietary restrictions, medications, and personal hygiene needs. • Have the ability to demonstrate socially acceptable behavior and self-regulate emotions. • Have the desire and motivation to achieve community employment and academic success within the program. • Have active participation throughout the application and interview process. • Student must complete application and video submission with minimal assistance. • Have the ability to remain attentive and engaged during 2-hour course blocks. • Have the ability to remain unsupervised for extended periods of time. • Have the ability to independently utilize public transportation or possess transportation to and from campus, service learning sites, and internship sites.
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
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 $5500.00
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:
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: '-Florida Center fr Students with Unique Abilities Scholarship -Pell Grants
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
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? Yes
Information on special classes: We have core courses that are available to our students as well as can be taken as electives for traditional FGCU students.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 75-99%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Briefly describe remote learning at your program At this moment our courses are Face to Face however electives could be remote if the student selects this option.
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Credential in Community Employment.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events