Jump! Start

Jump! Start

The Jump! Start program is an innovative approach to post-secondary education for adult learners with intellectual disabilities and provides increased opportunities for college experiences, education, employment preparation, and peer interaction. The program is based at Nicolet College in Rhinelander and is a partnership among Nicolet College, Headwaters, Inc., area high schools, state and local organizations, and advocacy groups that support people with disabilities of all ages.

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Jump Start Your Future

Take the next step to live more independently in the community,
pursue employment opportunities, and shape your quality of life. 

The Jump! Start program will guide you to success with:

  • Individual goal setting
  • Increased employability and independent living skills
  • Job shadowing and internship opportunities
  • Access to college coursework
  • Networking and social connections within the college community
  • Increased self-determination and self-advocacy skills

Program Courses

College Readiness  |  Access to Independence  |  College and Workplace Success  |  Employability Skills  |  Career Exploration  |  Work Experience  |  Work Practicum  |  Entrepreneurial Skills

How to Get Started

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

A transition student between the ages of 18-21 with an active Individualized Education Program  (IEP) and deferred graduation OR an adult with the desire to be a lifelong learner and wish to take academic courses for credit or audit.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Contact Information

Workforce & Economic Development

P: 715.365.4905
800.544.3039 ext 4905

E: workforcedevelopment@nicoletcollege.edu