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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
Email kjpalmer2@dmacc.edu
Phone 515-964-6689
Website https://www.dmacc.edu/strive/Pages/strive_academy.aspx

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.

Program information submitted: March 24, 2021

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Number of students: 13
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
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%
Cost
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
Academic
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
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Best Buddies, Student Activities Council, clubs