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Jump! Start Program

Jump! Start Program

What’s Your Next Step?

Many adults with disabilities are thinking about their next steps toward living more independently in the community, pursuing employment opportunities, and shaping their quality of life. What’s your next step? Nicolet College’s innovative Jump! Start Program provides individualized goal setting, increased employability and independent living skills, work experience and work practicum options, access to college coursework, networking and social connections within the College community, and increased self-determination and self-advocacy skills.

Program Description

Jump! Start is an innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for adult learners with  intellectual disabilities. The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is designed for students who require more than the traditional level of support in order to be successful in a college environment.  The program is a partnership among Nicolet College, the Northland Pines, Rhinelander, and Crandon School Districts, Headwaters, Inc., and the Human Service Center.

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Application Process

To be considered for the Jump! Start program, individuals should be:

  • Transition students between the ages of 18 - 21 with an active IEP and deferred graduation  OR
  • Adults with a desire to be lifelong learners who wish to take academic courses for credit or audit

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact us for more information about the program, including  fees, class schedules, and application materials.

Register for a Class

Register online for the classes offered below.

College and Work Place Success
August 30 - December 15
Wednesdays and Fridays
9:30 - 11:30 am
$350 per person

This course uses a work-based skill development program designed for new employees and students with the purpose of increasing job and class retention by promoting effective habits, attitudes, and choices. The ultimate goal of this program is not merely to encourage job maintenance, but to foster a feeling of personal power, desire, and responsibility leading toward job and personal satisfaction and ongoing career and college development.

Career Exploration
August 30 - December 15
Wednesdays and Fridays
12:30 - 2:30 pm
$350.00 per person

This course focuses on workforce readiness skills including the curriculum developed by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Skills to Pay the Bills. The modular format includes hands-on, engaging activities that target six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. This class also includes a practical collection of ideas and tips to help students earn their desired job and then keep it.