Learning Resources

Post-secondary Education Options:

  • Covenant School of Radiography–  24-month certificate program.
  • Iowa Community Colleges – Community colleges from the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Iowa Cosmetology Schools – Assists you with finding a school, program, scholarships, and be able to request information from the different schools.
  • Iowa Colleges and Universities – Cost, enrollment, and scholarships available by searching each college.
  • Job Corps – Hands-on training location that gives individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 the opportunity to learn a trade to advance their skills.
  • Minnesota Life Skills College – Located in Richfield, Minnesota, not-for-profit, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
  • UI REACH – The University of Iowa REACH Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.
  • Loras College –  Has a four-year program designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS) thrive emotionally, academically and socially. Students will hone skills ranging from self-advocacy and organization to stress management and socialization in addition to earning their bachelor’s degree.



  • High School Equivalency  Diploma  (HSED) Program – The high school equivalency test gives students who left high school before graduating an opportunity to earn a diploma.
  • SAVE – SAVE is a secondary transitional preparatory program for students on a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) located at the Emmetsburg Campus.
  • STRIVE– STRIVE is a support program on the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus for special education students requiring transition assistance from high school to a vocational program at DMACC on a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Transition Alliance Program (TAP) – Focuses on assisting students with disabilities becoming career and college ready- serving Black Hawk and Floyd County.
  • VITAL – The Vocational Individualized Training and Learning (VITAL) program is designed to help high school students with an IEP succeed in a career and technical education program at Kirkwood Community College.
  • College Accessibility for Visually Impaired Students-  compiled a collection of resources designed to help visually impaired students transition into higher education and achieve success in the college classroom once enrolled.

Post-secondary Expectations/Explorations:

  • College Accessibility for Visually Impaired Students – Supports individuals with visual impairments in being aware of options available to them at the post-secondary setting.
  • College Board – Helps explore majors, colleges, and careers.
  • DMACC Skills – Look under skills guide for future skills needed in educational programs.
  • Education Planner – Supports students, parents, and counselors in having a better understanding of what to expect at the postsecondary setting.
  • Going to College – Helps out on knowing the expectations of my place, campus life, and planning for college.
  • Know How 2 Go – Assists you in gaining a better understanding of expectations and options in the post-secondary setting.
  • School Finder – A 3 step assistance in finding out what career suits you best.
  • Think College – College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Vocational Information Center – Provides links to state resources for Career and Technical Education, Standards and Frameworks, Career Clusters, Career Development, Tech Prep, Adult Education and Workforce Development Programs.
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Resources and tools to prepare youth for transition to adulthood.


Scholarships and Financial Aid:

  • College Bound –  Learn strategies to maximize college financial aid, get student loans to -knows, discover savings options, and pick up tips for filling out the FAFSA and other aid applications.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)– Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Fast Web – Leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school.

Learning Resources: