Undergraduate Catalog - RISE Program Goals and Objectives | Judson University Christian College


Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation and Employment


Gineen Vargas, Program Director
Drew Burless, Assistant Program Director
Caryssa Drenth, Vocational Coordinator

Cindy Crume, Gayle Gianopulos, Ryan Jenkins, Kathy Lambert, Walter Lopez, Jennifer Waxman


The RISE Program provides students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college life experience in a Christian community, culminating with the award of a Certificate of Completion in Liberal Arts within a subject area concentration. The program is designed to prepare students for independent living and customized employment. During the course of this two-year program, students will complete courses in four academic pillars:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Personal Fitness & Wellness
  • Professional Skills

During three of their four semesters, RISE students take traditional undergraduate classes in their subject area concentrations. These courses may be audited or taken for credit. Subject area concentrations include:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Christian Ministries
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Math & Technology
  • Creative Arts - students choose one of three tracks
    • Vocal
    • Instrumental
    • Visual Arts - Photography, Videography & Editing

While in the program, RISE students will have the opportunity to:

  • Take credit-bearing courses with students without disabilities
  • Audit or otherwise participate in courses with students without disabilities for which the RISE student will not receive regular academic credit
  • Participate in internships or work-based training in setting with individuals without disabilities

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