WHAT IS A COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAM?
One of the more challenging changes in a young person’s life is the transition from high school to college. Our experience with students who have struggled in this transition has shown that students had trouble with challenges including executive functions, time management, social pressures, and increased school workload. This process of jumping from one educational level to another is often done with limited planning and strategizing of how the student will adjust to the change. Northwest College Support attempts to bridge that experience for students and give them the skills necessary to succeed in a college environment and supporting them so they can move forward. College is not harder than High School, but it is different, and it requires a new set of skills.
Northwest College Support would like to bridge that transitional experience for students by helping them learn the strategic skills necessary to be successful in a college environment. We address the internal emotional growth skills necessary through counseling, we address the academic and general life skills necessary through specific coaches that are trained to help students learn the skills of college success. Some of our students are working with us as they attempt college for the first time, others have already struggled in college and need a fresh start.
- Past college attempts
- Autism Spectrum Disorder [Asperger’s]
- Social cognitive deficits
- Failure to Launch
- Attention Deficit Disorder / ADHD
- Learning differences
- Communication deficits
- Executive function challenges
- Learning disorders including low processing speed and low working memory
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD)
- Social isolation
- Video game and Internet Addiction
- Low self-esteem
- Mood Disorders
- Some co-occuring drug and/or alcohol use
- People exiting other residential treatment and needing transitional services
“The students are put in a challenging environment and are pushed and expected to do more, to be in the world, to be independent. And as they succeed, even with some failures, their strength, capacity and skills increase.”
~ NWCS Parent
“He was treated as independent and responsible. That is not to say there was no support and he was not watched over. There was probably much more individually focused support.”
~ NWCS Parent
“This is a great program with very supportive, caring, friendly, wise, helpful staff members. They truly care about the students and are there to support in any and all ways they can, albeit they don’t enable or rescue, which is awesome. I’ve been here for 2 1/2 months now and one of the first things I noticed when I arrived was how much my team believed (and still believes) in me. They help me see how capable I am by empowering me to do the things I don’t think I can do and by supporting me when I fall into a cycle of shame or self-doubt.”
~ NWCS Student
At NWCS, we collectively commit to succeed at multiple bottom lines. We commit to provide exceptional value, compassionate support, ongoing evaluation and professional expertise to every individual. We see our students as unique individuals, and success comes from creatively enriching the whole person. We honor individual diversity and development by providing the most dynamic, innovative, and adaptive support services possible.