Higher education for greater independence
FGCU's Soaring Eagle Academy (SEA) is Southwest Florida’s first university program for adults with intellectual disabilities. This life-changing program benefits participants, the Southwest Florida workforce and all those who engage with SEA students.
Beginning in fall 2021, the program welcomes adults with intellectual disabilities who are eager to enhance their education and independence. Participants learn skills that enable them to be more independent when it comes to employment, while earning a credential in community employment within a nurturing, inclusive campus environment.
- 39 credit hours over six consecutive semesters
- Courses developing effective learning, social skills and technology use while exploring careers
- Field experiences/internships based on aptitudes, interests and employment goals
- Individualized guidance from mentors and faculty advisors
- Financial aid and scholarships through FGCU
- Eligibility for Pell grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and work study based on financial need
- Inclusion in extracurricular activities, recreation and events typical of college life
- Convenient study spaces, dining options and transportation on campus
- Among the safest campuses in the nation
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Program Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must provide recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) evaluation documentation
- Applicants must provide recent psycho-educational evaluation.
Note: These evaluations are often done by schools, or can be arranged privately, as part of the process for determining eligibility for special education and they list the type(s) of disability.
Applicants must meet the following basic requirements
- Have a documented intellectual disability
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have exited high school and provide a transcript
- Be capable of meeting personal needs without assistance
- Be able to self-administer any necessary medication
- Have no behavior difficulties
- Have the capability to participate in 50- to 90-minute classes
- Navigate the campus independently
- Have the desire to participate in a college program