Bethesda College of Applied Learning

Bethesda College of Applied Learning provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to turn their dreams of a college education into a reality.

From Dreams to Opportunities

What is Bethesda College?

Bethesda College of Applied Learning provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to turn their dreams of a college education into a reality. Set in the safe, inclusive university environment of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), we prepare students for independent adult living by providing them a full range of college and life experiences.

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Our Program

Aiming for excellence

Our goal is to prepare students to take their place in the larger community as independent adults, as employed citizens living an integrated, purposeful life while contributing to their community. To accomplish this, we developed a sequence of formal instruction in four key areas:

Academics

Academics:

The program features Bethesda College and Concordia University class options according to each student’s goals. We offer support from advisors, peer mentors and tutors to help students feel confident at every step. Classes aim to expand general knowledge in a liberal arts format while growing students’ thinking and problem-solving skills.

Career Preparation

Career Preparation:

We prepare students for future employment through work experiences and internships. Our program provides individualized job coaching and group instruction, so students gain skills that help with meaningful employment and choosing a career.

Adult Living Skills

Adult Living Skills:

We offer group instruction and individualized practice in adult independent living skills, including: budgeting and money management; organization and time management; personal care; and independent home living.

Campus and Community Life

Campus and Community Life:

Students live on the CUW campus in integrated residence halls alongside students without disabilities and enjoy full immersion in all aspects of campus life including sports, clubs, spiritual life activities and more. To create a successful experience, we offer students support through structured planning meetings, coaching, peer mentoring and seminars.

Contact

Interested in learning more?

Potential students and their families are invited to tour the CUW campus and meet current students and faculty. Please contact Kristine Leonard, at Kristine.Leonard@BethesdaLC.org or 920-262-6529 to set up a tour.

General inquiries

Email: bethesda.college@cuw.edu
Phone: 262-243-2712

Direct contact

Kristine Leonard - Director
kristine.leonard@bethesdalc.org
262-243-2712

Samantha Bear - Living Skills and Community Life Professor
samantha.bear@cuw.edu
262-243-2729

Gail Kochelek - Internship and Career Prep Professor
gail.kochelek@cuw.edu
262-243-2705