Introduction / Mission and Accreditation

The Shepherds College Mission 

To educate and train students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by equipping them to reach Appropriate Independence through the development of vocational, social and life skills while inspiring a lasting awareness of God's plan for their lives.

Appropriate IndependenceTM is the guiding philosophy of Shepherds College. It is defined as supported self-sufficiency that is aligned with the strengths of each individual and guided by Christian values.

The four principles of Appropriate Independence are:

We are designed on purpose and for a purpose.
We are created as individuals for community.
Our purpose is to train for life.
Our goal is to empower individuals to serve.

Shepherds College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

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As the country's only fully-accredited, post-secondary program for students with IDD, Shepherds is in the unique position to offer government grants, loans and federal work study to its students. Eligible Shepherds students can apply for federal student aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education may also open the door for additional financial resources from 3rd party scholarships, state and local agency funds, and vocational rehabilitation or waiver programs that are designated for ongoing training or supportive care.