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Tierra del Sol Foundation NEXUS Program

Tierra del Sol Foundation NEXUS Program
CSUN, LA Valley College, LA Pierce College, LA Mission College, College of the Canyons, Glendale College and West Valley Occupational Center
Tierra del Sol Foundation NEXUS Program
9919 Sunland Boulevard
Sunland, CA 91040
Program Contact Gabriela Sanchez
Phone 818.535.2085

NEXUS 2.0: A College-to-Career Program Model is designed around integrated, college-level, and career-oriented coursework. With the right supports, NEXUS participants prove to themselves and future employers that they can succeed in the workplace, and in adult life. Tierra del Sol supports more than 170 young adults annually to succeed in school at California State University Northridge, LA Valley College, LA Mission College, LA Pierce College, Glendale College, College of the Canyons and the West Valley Occupational Center. NEXUS 2.0 is a three-phased model program which includes an intensive period of discovery, an extended time to conclude the educational path desired by each student and a short-term non-paid internship phase. This final one-year phase is intended to prepare newly launched college students into full immersion in the work environment to ensure a successful transition from student to employee.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: We support individuals in various post secondary settings, from technical and vocational colleges to state 4 year universities.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 175
Deadline to apply to this program: varies
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • over 18 years old
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 71%
Retention rate: 80%
Cost of the program: The cost to participate in the program varies and is determined by the educational plan the student chooses to follow, the college or university he/she attends, and their ability to receive financial aid through their specific college or university. Our program does not provide residential supports.
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Scholarship availability will vary across colleges and universities..

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
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: These vary and are based on individual student educational plans
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
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: 20%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

The certificate options vary and are determined by each college and university where we provide supports.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have held different positions (from member to president) in various ASO groups and clubs.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 13:06