Indiana Wesleyan University Giant Wildcat Academy 

4901 S. Washington Street

Marion, IN  46953

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General Info

Type of school:
4-year college or university

Program Description:
The purpose of the GWA program is to provide students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field

Students can attend this program if they:

  • Are enrolled in high school through Marion Community Schools and receiving services under IDEA

Number of students in this program:
 Up to 10 students

Top 3 Priority Areas:

  • 1: Employment
  • 2: Self-determination
  • 3: Social skills development

Additional priority areas:
The main focus is determined by the individual’s Person Centered Plan, and may be any or all of the above.

The minimum age of a student to attend this program:
18  It is expected that the student is ready to exit high school upon completion of the program and to transition into employment. 

Tuition and fees per year:
None at this time

Room and board per year:

Cost of books per year:
No charges currently

This program is a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) and students with  intellectual disabilities can get federal financial aid:

Students can pay to attend this program using (subject to student eligibility): NA

Entrance Requirements:

Students must be enrolled in high school in Marion Community School system and eligible for services under IDEA.

  • Be able to safely navigate the campus independently
  • Have a specific disability label or type
  • Have basic safety skills in an unsupervised setting

Students with intellectual disabilities take:  

Students audit academic courses

Students in this program also take these specially designed courses:

  • Although not formal courses, students receive instruction on:
    • Orientation to college
    • Vocational skills training
    • Social skills training
    • Life skills instruction
    • Functional academics (math and reading)

Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities:

Average amount of time it will take a student to complete the program:
1 to 2 years, depending on the Student’s interest

This program operates during the summer:

Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate:
Yes, from LEA

This degree or certificate is available to:
Only to those students in this program

Housing Options:

  • There are no housing options for students on this campus

Social Activity Participation:

  • Students attend campus social activities with program staff
  • Students attend campus social activities with peers
  • Students with ID independently seek out and participate in desired social activities


College Info:
Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered academic community committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.

The College for Adult and Professional Studies program allows professors and students to work together in a mutually beneficial educational experience. Indiana Wesleyan University has graduated tens of thousands of adult students and continues to help adult learners take the next steps toward success.

The College for Adult and Professional Studies program was founded in 1985 to offer adult learners a place to seek new education opportunities related to ever-changing work environments and technologies. Alumni of Indiana Wesleyan University can be found in corporations, school districts, health-care agencies, government entities and many other types of organizations across

Indiana Wesleyan University was founded in 1920 as a Christian university and continues its tradition as a faith-based university, developing programs around Christian principles and ethics.

Indiana Wesleyan University's growth is rooted in its core curriculum which empowers adult students to advance in their careers.

Indiana Wesleyan University will prepare each student to become a world changer. We will accomplish this by drawing students into an integrated experience of intellectual challenge, spiritual growth and leadership development.

Indiana Wesleyan University is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, with a nationally-known adult education program and one of the highest graduation rates in the nation. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has chosen Indiana Wesleyan University to house the Center for Research in Adult Learning - designed to be an international clearinghouse of information and ongoing research on adult learning. This is a tribute to IWU's excellent reputation.

Now more than ever, working adults are choosing Indiana Wesleyan University's College of Adult and Professional Studies. IWU is becoming the first choice for many adult learners. The convenience of college is only getting easier with online course enrollment and also with classes available at Education Centers and learning sites throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Adult learners who choose to study with Indiana Wesleyan University will have plenty of support for all their classes. IWU offers a variety of library services by telephone, fax, e-mail or mail where someone will assist you with any research or bibliographical questions. IWU's main goal is to bring education to students without disrupting their work and family responsibilities.