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SPARC Program

SPARC Program
Lewis-Clark State College
SPARC Program
500 8th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
Program Contact Michelle Doty
Email mddoty@lcsc.edu
Phone 208-792-2265

SPARC is a program for students with disabilities ages 18–21. It teaches key skills that lead to independence, employment, success and happiness. SPARC is a partnership between the Lewiston School District and Lewis-Clark State College and is housed on the LCSC campus, which allows SPARC students to participate in collegiate experiences. The program staff includes a certified special education teacher and an instructional assistant. Students attend an academic and functional program each morning focused on skills related to the students’ post-school goals. Each afternoon students participate in the work experience component of the program. Work sites exist throughout the community and are fully supported by the Lewiston School District. The current home on campus is the Pi’amkinwaas American Indian Center, but students also routinely use other campus classrooms and computer labs. Students have the opportunity to audit selected courses at the college depending on their skills and interest. SPARC students are also issued a LCSC Warrior activity card that allows access to campus events.

General
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: 8
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Lewiston School District
Contact person: Julie A Bieker Bender
Email: JBiekerBender@lewistonschools.net
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Cost
Cost of the program:

Students pay a reduced tuition for any college courses they participate in.

Additional costs: $20.00

$20 a month to purchase food items to make lunch daily

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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Students pay a reduced fee for tuition and most courses are 100 level courses.

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

Specialized designed instruction is created for each student based on student goals.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Student receive LCSC Warrior Cards which allows them access to all student activities including athletic events. There are many events on campus including music, dance, comedians, theater, etc. Program students have a choice in what they participate in.

Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:19