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Tierra del Sol Foundation, NEXUS Program

Tierra del Sol Foundation, NEXUS Program
CSUN, Woodbury University, LA Valley College, LA Pierce College, LA Mission College, College of the Canyons, Glendale College, Pasadena Community 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 185 young adults annually to succeed in school at California State University Northridge, Woodbury University, LA Valley College, LA Mission College, LA Pierce College, Glendale College, Pasadena Community College, College of the Canyons and the West Valley Occupational Center. NEXUS 2.0 is a three-phased program model which includes an intensive period of Discovery, an extended time to conclude the Educational PATH desired by each student and a short-term Internship phase. The 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.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school:

We support individuals in various post secondary settings, from technical and vocational colleges to state and private 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: 180
Summer program name Discovery Phase
Description of our summer transition program:

Discovery sessions occur at various points throughout the year (typically at least 1 month before the start of each academic semester with 2 of these occurring over the summer). The purpose of the Discovery Phase is to help students identify strengths, areas of interest and areas where support is needed through participation in various individual and group activities. This Discovery process will result in the development of a PATH plan (person-centered plan) and will also be used to help the individual develop an academic plan.

Summer program link: Discovery Phase
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission periods throughout the year
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Various disabilities
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 85.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 95.00%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

We assist students with applying for any financial assistance available to them through their designated campus of higher education.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
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
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%