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Doane forms collaboration with Nebraska Transition College

Doane forms collaboration with Nebraska Transition College

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Nebraska Transition College is pleased to announce two new collaborative relationships with Doane University and West Gate Bank – both of which will allow for student progression and expansion of class offerings. 


Nebraska Transition College works to empower individuals with autism and other disabilities to learn, work, and live within our communities. Currently, the organization offers classes for these individuals under three curricular streams – Pre-Vocational, Community Navigation, and Wellness.


Beginning in January 2020, Nebraska Transition College will expand its curriculum to include a Residential Living course, which will be the first in a series of classes preparing students to develop skills that will help them live independently in a residential setting. This is part of a continuous process in building a three-year, comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance social, living, and work-ready skills so graduates can live independently. 


“Our community collaborations are a critical part of that process,” said Dr. Stuart Stofferahn, executive director Nebraska Transition College. “We need classroom space and instead of building classrooms for our students, we utilize space that already exists in the community, whether that space is traditional in its layout or looks more like a boardroom. This keeps costs down for NTC and enables us to keep tuition at a reasonable price.”


This concept allows Nebraska Transition College to expand into any community where a need for this programming exists. 


“It’s the only one of its kind in Nebraska – and really across the United States,” Stofferahn said. “We hope to continue these types of community partnerships across Nebraska so we can go to rural communities and provide these types of services to empower individuals with autism and other disabilities to learn, work, and live within their communities.”


The success and expansion of Nebraska Transition College hinges on strong community collaborations like those of Doane University and West Gate Bank. In order to provide education to young adults with autism spectrum disorder or other disabilities, Nebraska Transition College and Doane have formed a collaborative relationship to provide young adult education programming to participants in the community.


Nebraska Transition College will provide educational classes with trained instructors while Doane will provide the classroom space on its Lincoln campus. These courses will be offered during the day sometime between Monday-Thursday. Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, associate vice president for Academic Affairs with Doane University, was equally excited about the collaboration.


“For over 145 years, Doane has worked very hard to provide an exceptional liberal arts education in a creative, inclusive, and collaborative community,” Cook-Benjamin said.  “We couldn’t be happier to extend this commitment to our communities by collaborating with Nebraska Transition College.”


Carl Sjulin, president and CEO of West Gate Bank echoed the sentiments. 


“At West Gate Bank, we believe that every person should have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams. It is a privilege to play a part in paving the way for human potential to blossom,” he said. 


If you would like to learn more about this program or see the current class offerings with Nebraska Transition College, visit