Undergraduate Program (UG)
MLC's three-year Undergraduate Program encourages the personal growth of each student through a unique and individualized process. As they participate in independent living skills curricula, career certificate programming, and social skills instruction, undergraduate gain valuable social and vocational experiences and begin to develop their own community within an ever-changing “Real World” setting. Important life skills such as grocery shopping, meal planning, personal grooming, finances, navigating public transit, and more are taught in the students’ apartments and the surrounding community. Minnesota Life College teaches students a holistic approach to independence, with classes covering skills across 5 areas of competency:
- Independent Living,
- Social/Emotional Skills,
- Vocational Readiness and Training,
- Healthy Living, and
- Community Connections and Team Building.
Students are referred to the Undergraduate Program by Educational Consultants, school districts and transition programs, MLC families, doctors, counselors, therapists, and community members. If you know of someone who might be a wonderful candidate for our program, please contact Admissions today!
Students are kept active and involved with the community and one another through an active social calendar, filled with outings, electives, retreats, and opportunities to bond. Check out the social calendar to learn about what they are currently involved in!
Work Readiness Initiative
Being able to get and keep a job that will allow our students and graduates to live independently is the heart of our program. 90% of MLC graduates complete the program with paid employment. We achieve this by providing students with the skills necessary to complete the job search process, obtain employment and demonstrate the behaviors that will help them maintain their employment.
Primary topics addressed are: Job Research, Work Behaviors, Resumes, Developing Professional References, Cover Letters, Applications, Interviewing, Disability & the Workplace (ADA), Work Skills/Abilities and Interests, Job Search Process, Employment Paperwork and Worksite Safety.
In partnership with MLC job developers, students select a career certificate program that interests them, and complete a training program, career exploration, and focused internship that allows them to receive a vocational certificate from Century College, along with 35 Continuing Education credits, that may be transferable to other institutions. For the '17-18 program year, students can receive certification in culinary, retail, or hospitality, with new certificate options being added each year.