Program Description

SAIL is a 2-year post-secondary program providing academic support and employable skill development for neurodivergent students. The program operates from North Central Missouri College’s Trenton Campus. SAIL stands for “Students Accessing Individualized Learning”.


At SAIL (Students Accessing Individualized Learning), we recognize the unique strengths and challenges of neurodiverse students. Our mission is to provide tailored academic support and employable skill development, paving pathways to progressive employment opportunities. Through targeted reinforcement, counseling, and campus integration, we foster resilience and promote a sense of belonging. With a dedicated focus on workforce preparedness, we empower our students to achieve their academic and career goals with confidence.


Our vision is to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment at NCMC’s Trenton Campus where neurodivergent learners can thrive. We envision our graduates as confident, skilled individuals, ready to make meaningful contributions to the workforce and society, empowered to pursue their dreams and achieve success.

Program Goals

  1. Provide tailored academic support and employable skill development for students with neurodivergent conditions.
  2. Foster resilience and promote a sense of belonging through counseling and campus integration.
  3. Empower students to achieve academic and career goals with confidence.
  4. Facilitate successful transition into the workplace through job coaching and career planning support.

Services Offered

  1. Academic Support: Provides guidance, tutoring services, structured schedules, and academic reinforcement to support students academically.
  2. Counseling Services: Offers counseling sessions to address personal and academic concerns, reinforcing emotional well-being and academic progress.
  3. Community Integration: Supports student integration into the campus community through various activities and opportunities to enhance communication skills.
  4. Career Development: Assists with job coaching, transitioning into the workplace, and provides guidance and resources for career planning and preparation.

Admissions Process Specific to SAIL

  1. SAIL is an application-based program requiring student eligibility and program acceptance. SAIL applications are reviewed by program committee members. Eligible students will be invited to campus for an interview with a committee. Prospective students and their guardians may be interviewed separately. The interview process aims to assess the alignment of the applicant’s learning style, performance, motivation, current life skills, and career interests with the SAIL program mission.

Admissions Process Specific to SAIL

  1. be between the age of 18 and 25 at the time of admission;
  2. have been diagnosed with an intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability prior to the age of 18;
  3. demonstrate basic literacy skills in reading, writing, and math;
  4. demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and behave respectfully toward others;
  5. agree to attend and participate in class meetings and activities related to the SAIL Program;
  6. participate in an interview without support from family/support person/guardian, if selected for an interview

SAIL Admissions Criteria

  1. The following criteria and/or documentation will be used to help determine acceptance into the program:
    • Most recent high school special education records including:
      • Most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
      • Diagnostic Evaluation Report including cognitive and academic ability
      • Transition plan
    • Behavior Records (If a student does not have a behavior record, please submit a letter from the school stating that the student has none.)
    • Complete documentation and full disclosure of medical/psychological/developmental disabilities
    • Vocational evaluations from Vocational Rehabilitation or high school showing the student’s abilities and skills in relation to the specific occupation of interest
    • References
      • Educational (special education manager or teacher)
      • Employment supervisor, volunteer experience supervisor, or community involvement contact such as church, scouts, or social activities
      • Personal reference of your choice


SAIL Program Director
Cross Hall 119
[email protected]
(660) 357-6032

guy Geyer Hall



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