Learning Independence for Future Employment

Rocklin, Calif – A brand new LIFE Program getting underway at Sierra College targets the growing demand for adult independence for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Primarily designed for those aged 18-26, the LIFE Program comes at a time when many families are faced with the uncertainty of navigating next steps for young adults with disabilities.

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Growing demand

While just getting off the ground in June 2024, The LIFE program envisions a burgeoning campus center to help meet to growing demand for this underserved segment of our community. Helping eager students move toward independence and gainful employment is a huge benefit to society and the community.


The Sierra College LIFE Program aims to carve out a niche in a structured program designed to provide more autonomy for its students. Students willl be taught using Learn4Independenceยฎ curriculum that provides courses in the following:

  • Work / Finances
  • Living On My Own / Transportation
  • Health / Nutrition / Safety
  • Identity / Community / Relationships
  • Solutions / Organization
  • Etiquette

“The goal of our two-year program is to offer students classroom and practical learning opportunities in and outside of the community college environment that will prepare them to transition into independent adults.”

Sierra College

Local Day Programs

While our region has many local day programs that provide essential and much-needed services, they may not be geared as much toward employment and independence and face challenges with finding qualified staffing. Sierra College is working collaboratively with Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) to establish itself as a vendor.


The program does include an interview process and criteria that seeks eager students who wish to live and work indendently. The 2025 application process will be updated online and potential students are advised to check back in January for the next round of applications.

To learn more about the LIFE Program, please visit: sierracollege.edu/academics/life-program/

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