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SAVE Program

What is SAVE?

SAVE is a secondary transitional preparatory program for students on a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) located at the Emmetsburg Campus.

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose of the SAVE program is to provide special education secondary students with an option where they will receive, based on their IEP goals, further education in the areas of life skills training, vocational/employability skills training, and transitional/self advocacy skills training.

Who Participates?

Special Education students 18 to 21 years old on a current IEP who have transitional needs in the following areas:

  • A need to develop life skills
  • A need to develop employability skills
  • A need to develop or explore vocational skills
  • A need to develop self-determination skills

Students must possess the skills to be competitively employable and to live with minimal assistance on a college campus.

What are the vocational program options students may be involved in? 

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Helping Careers
  • Office Specialist
  • Secretarial Specialist
  • Agriculture Technology
  • Farm Equipment & Diesel Technology
  • Marine Service Technology
  • Powersports & Power Equipment Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Parts Sales & Inventory Control
  • Auto Collision & Paint Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Housekeeping Facilities Specialist
  • Sales & Marketing Management
  • Fashion Sales
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child Care

Participation in a vocational program may lead to a variety of vocational outcomes including:

  • Vocational Program Competency Lists
  • Certificate Programs
  • Program Diplomas
  • 2-Year AA or AS Degree

Where do SAVE Students Live?

Students will live on campus in one of the following:

  • Independent West Dorm
  • Structured East Dorm
  • Four-Plex

What successful employee skills and attributes will I be expected to develop?

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • Dependable Attendance
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Flexibility
  • Problem Solving Skills
  •  Organizational Skills
  • Technology Skills
  • Self Motivation and Positive Performance
  • Company Loyalty and Commitment to Quality
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Math and Reading Skills 

How do I get started?

  • Talk to your high school case manager and/or AEA representative
  • Schedule a visit to the SAVE Program by contacting the SAVE coordinator
  • Meet SAVE staff and vocational program instructors
  • Talk about SAVE at your IEP Meeting
  • Students must enroll in SAVE through IEP and SAVE Program procedures.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Kogel
SAVE Program Coordinator

Stephanie Nelson
SAVE Program Associate Professor

Nichole Evans
SAVE Program Associate Professor

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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