New Perspectives - August, 2002 Issue #96
Minnesota Life College
Executive Director, Steve Schumacher
Minnesota life College (MLC)
is a 2-3 year apartment living and vocational skill training program for young adults with learning disabilities. These young adults
are not able to manage traditional college programs, and yet they do not need the extensive, continuing, and constant support that
is required for those with more severe disabilities.
The student apartments, classrooms, student center, and offices are located in Richfield, Minnesota within walking distance of bus
lines, shopping, jobs, parks, and recreation. Students move through three phases of the program at their own pace. Generally the entire
process takes three years:
Core Phase: During the initial one- to two-year period, students are assessed in independent living skills, and vocational
aptitudes and interests – and then helped in developing individual Determination Plans (IDPS), which build on skills and abilities.
Transition Phase: During this year, students remain “campus” residents while focusing on direct employment or post-secondary
experiences and demonstrating the proficiencies necessary to live and work independently. They continue as active participants in
school classes, activities, and recreation and receive support and instruction from staff.
Outreach Phase: Student graduates and their parents are able to select and purchase services such as job coaching, career exploration,
recreation and social activities, and case management for as long as they are needed.