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STRIVE Academy

STRIVE Academy
Des Moines Area Community College
STRIVE Academy
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
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Program Contact Karey Palmer
Phone 515-964-6689

Through STRIVE Academy -- an educational program offered through DMACC in partnership with school districts, parents, and students, students ages 18-21 with transitional needs and an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) learn to live as independently as possible.
In Central Iowa, STRIVE Academy is the only educational program of its kind in where students live on campus and go to school. The STRIVE Academy curriculum is technology-based; we provide a computer for each student.

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: 8
Deadline to apply to this program: 1st week in March
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • under the age of 21
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program: $17,000
Additional costs: $0.00
Students are responsible for their own meals in the evenings.
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): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

We provide lessons/classes in the areas of Life skills, Self-determination skills, and Employability skills.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

DMACC has it's own Best Buddies chapter that all STRIVE students participate in. They offer a variety of group activities as well as one on one buddy activities.
STRIVE students are eligible to join any campus club or extra curricular that is of interest to them. (ex. chess club, student activities council)
The students also participate in the many activities that are offered at their apartment complex. (ex. cook outs, flashlight tag)

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 11:46