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THRIVE Program

THRIVE Program
University of Central Missouri
THRIVE Program
Lovinger 1270, University of Central Missouri
520 S. Maguire
Warrensburg, MO 64093-5187
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Program Contact Michael Brunkhorst
Phone 660.543.4260

The THRIVE Program provides a 2-year residential college experience for young adults with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities, building skills for transitioning from home to independence.  THRIVE is a certificate program (not an accredited college degree program).  Graduating students will receive a Certificate of Success along with their personal portfolio.  Because the curriculum program will be tailored to the individual skills and needs of these students, some may go on to earn a degree with the proper supports.

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: 25
Deadline to apply to this program: December 31
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 25 when applying
  • Lasts IEP and Evaluation with cognitive, academic, and other relevant information/testing.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 54%
Retention rate: 77%
Cost of the program: Cost for Fall 2019 - Spring 2020: THRIVE Fee-$5,500 yearly fee Tuition-$4025.50 a semester Housing-$2806 Meals-$1675 Total Cost for Fall-$14,052.50 For Spring-$8,502.50 Total Yearly Cost-$22,555
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • Other agencies or scholarships that might be available based on their disability.
Scholarships available:

THRIVE Student Success Fund Scholarships and Bunky Wright Educational Scholarship are funds donated to the University of Central Missouri Foundation for the purpose of THRIVE Scholarships.  Criteria for recipients of these partial THRIVE scholarships are based on the FAFSA information received by the University of Central Missouri.  The amount of dollars available depends on the number of donations.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students in THRIVE Program enroll for an elective class during Semesters 2, 3 & 4.  It is a class at the introductory level in any department they have an interest in, preferably tied into their internship.  For example, students interested in Child Care would probably choose their elective classes in Child Development, Individual & Family Relationships, or Education of the Exceptional Child.

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

Semester 1:  University Foundations, Independence & Daily Living Skills, Technology Literacy Class, Relationships 101, PLATO (a computerized program for academic skills:  Reading, Writing & Math).

Semester 2:  Learning Strategies, Workplace & Community Skills, Personal Math, PLATO (a computerized program for academic skills: Reading, Writing & Math).

Semester 3:  Internship I Class, Transition Planning I, PLATO (a computerized program for academic skills:  Reading, Writing, Math & Work Keys).

Semester 4:   Internship II Class, Transition Planning II, PLATO (a computerized program for academic skills:  Reading, Writing, Math & Work Keys).

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Success
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 35%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Example: Certificate of Success in area of Child Care

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: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Campus activities such as hypnotist and magician shows, concerts, bingo, bowling, movies, basketball games, football games, volleyball games, Intramural softball, rock wall climbing, weight lifting, theatre productions, Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Spirit Window,  Integrated Business Experience partnerships, volunteering for service projects, etiquette dinners, formal dances sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha, etc.


Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 16:30