Minnesota Independence College & Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders. Since our founding in 1996, MICC has remained dedicated to helping our students make successful transitions towards independent living and financial self-sufficiency.
Impact and Programs
One of our biggest goals was achieved when we were granted a 3 year CARF accreditation. This important accreditation focused specifically on our outstanding vocational services but also reviewed our entire organization. Our lifelong Community increased in size to surpass the College Program for the first time in the organization's history and is on target to double to serving over 100 individuals in five years. 94% of our seniors had a job at graduation and almost 90% of our work eligible participants across all programs were employed. Our programs keep students and members involved in their communities and build social networks. Last year over 70% of our members participated in more than 2 activities from a list of close to 100 each month.
Add more hours of affordable support services for our Community Program. Improve our newly revised POD system for building Real Skills for Real Life, our trademarked curriculum. Take steps to expand our facility to be able to accommodate growth in our programs. Be able to increase financial aid to students and members.
Community or Constituency Served
Individuals and families affected by the autism spectrum and learning differences.
Geographic Area Served
MICC is located in Richfield, Minnesota. Almost all our graduates choose to stay in the nearby area to be able to participate in our life-long Community Program. College student's families come from all over the United States. MICC is SEVIS approved and can accept applications from international students.