Independent Living

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Community Preparation

Accessing Your Community

Develop skills to locate informational resources for accessing the community safely, the Internet, white and yellow pages, directories, and map reading; learn strategies to be a safe and how to protect themselves at home and in the community.

DHH Driver's Education

Deaf/hard of hearing students prepare for the Minnesota Driver’s Permit Test.

Driver's Education

Prepare for the Minnesota Driver’s Permit Test.

Lifestyle Issues

Increase their awareness of mental health issues, will have better understanding of how the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and caffeine can greatly affect a person’s health.  Students will learn how to identify signs of depression, suicide, mental illness and gambling addictions.  Interventions, coping strategies and resources available are introduced.

Public Transportation Training

Learn about public transportation safety, how to read a bus schedule and costs involved with public transportation. Students will be introduced to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and other forms of public transportation.   

You and the Law

Learn to have a better understanding of legal rights and responsibilities of citizens, the legal system, civil rights, and criminal law and have a better understanding of legal consequences.  Good citizenship is stressed through-out the course.

Home Living

Intro to Meal Planning & Preparation (Prerequisite to Skills for Home Living)

Students are introduced to the basic knowledge needed before entering the hands-on environment of the apartment. Topics taught include: safety and sanitation, identification and use of equipment, appliances, and utensils, meal planning, abbreviations, developing a shopping list, assembling ingredients, following a recipe, food storage and cleanup.

Nutrition, Health & First Aid

Learn about the food pyramid, serving sizes, six essential nutrients, planning a well-balanced meal, reading food labels, and disease prevention through proper sanitation.  Gain knowledge in the areas of preventative health care practices, health care providers, basic first aid, reading prescription labels and the importance of taking medications as directed.

Select and Manage an Apartment

This course focuses on five areas: Rental costs, leases, defining terms, furnishing an apartment, and living with a roommate.  Students will have a better understanding of factors that are important in locating an apartment or independent living arrangement.

Skills for Home Living

Held at the NWTC apartment and in the community, this course focuses on applying the skills of meal planning, grocery shopping, food preparation, food storage and cleanup. Students prepare and consume a variety of dishes based on individual tastes and skill level. Students learn cleaning, basic home maintenance, and laundry skills.

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Become Your Own Expert

Assists students in understanding their own disability, and how it impacts learning, employment and social interactions.  Personal strengths and challenges when learning new and/or difficult information in school and on the job are identified.  Self-advocacy skill development, and understanding community agencies and how to access those resources are key components of this class.

DHH Seminar

Designed for the unique transition and self-advocacy skills needed for the deaf and hard of hearing students.  Topics include: interpreter referral services, effective communication in the community, assistive technology, social security, ADA, legal rights, and social skills in the workplace.

eFolio: My Online Portfolio

Students in this course will create and design their own online transition portfolio while learning beginning to advanced computer skills.  eFolio is a Web-based portfolio provided by the Minnesota State College and University system designed to help students reach their education and career goals.

Money Management

Banking and Checking Simulation Program

Learn basic banking vocabulary and complete a six-month checking simulation. Students also learn about debit cards and ATM cards and how to use them safely.

Basic Money and Math

Improve skills with a variety of money applications, telling time and choosing the correct mathematical application needed to solve a problem.

Consumer Economics

Learn various aspects of getting and managing credit, using credit cards and debit cards responsibly and being wise consumers. Learn about the importance of having appropriate insurance coverage, insurance vocabulary, and various types of insurance and their benefits.

Personal Finance/Budgeting

Develop skills needed to manage personal money and how to keep track of spending.  Students will have a greater understanding of banking services, fees and interest and how to better understand their paychecks, deductions and benefits.

Life Facts


This course addresses creating healthy dating relationships, how to recognize signs of trouble, and recovering from a relationship that has ended.  The curriculum also covers safety related to Internet dating based on the level of students in the class.

Engagement, Marriage and Community Relationships

This course discusses and addresses elements of creating healthy committed relationships that may lead to engagement and marriage and the responsibilities of keep them healthy.

Family and Friends

This course discusses and addresses elements of creating healthy relationships with family and friendships, recognizing the responsibilities of friendship and romance, and identifying problems that can occur in friendships and families and possible solutions.

Responsible Choices

Focuses on understanding one’s own sexuality; anatomical functions, health problems and preventative care for males and females.  Students learn about human reproduction, birth control methods and definitions, stages, symptoms, treatments and prevention of sexually transmitted infections are also covered.

Safe Side/Basic Life Facts Safety

Assist students in their basic understanding Human Sexuality, Anatomic Human Reproduction, Birth Control, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases – HIV/Aids.  The overall emphasis of this course is to assist students in learning how to be safe at home and in the community.

Recreation & Leisure

Recreation and leisure develops confidence in broadening social skills in and out of class.  Students will plan and follow through in participating in the activity at school and in the community.

Social/Communication Skills

Communicating Effectively

Participate in discussions employing problem-solving processes and developing effective self-expression skills. Learn the characteristics of passive, aggressive and assertive behaviors, and how to deal with life’s situations in a healthy way, increase their skills in understanding body language and facial expressions, and learn to recognize and express feelings in positive ways.

Cool Skills for Hot Moments

A constructive approach to conflict resolution: this class introduces general life coping strategies, as well as how to deal with difficult and challenging situations. Students will identify what are anger triggers and identifying cues.

Managing Emotions and Creating Positive Outcomes

Students increase their knowledge and skills in identifying and labeling one’s own feelings. Learn to recognize strengths and positive qualities.  Introduction to understanding the perspective, thoughts and feelings of others and monitoring and regulating feelings.

Small Group Communications

This daily discussion group provides a forum for peers to discuss life experiences and personal challenges, while employing a problem-solving process and developing effective self-expression skills. The students, through a daily “check-in”, raise discussion topics.  Respect for interpersonal boundaries is required, as is active listening and rounded participation.

Strategies for Problem Solving

Students are taught specific strategy to use in resolving problems and focus on healthy decision-making.

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