General Education Program / Independent Living

The most exciting thing when starting college is learning as much as you can about where you will be staying and what you will be doing.

As true innovators in nurturing people with intellectual disabilities, we designed the Shepherds College campus with three different styles of living facilities; each style offers a different degree of supervision and support. As basic living skills are learned, students enjoy progressively greater responsibility and independence.

1st year facilities: Dormitory-style buildings house up to 24 students, with two to three students sharing a room and bath. A common kitchen allows residents to become familiar with tools and learn to prepare meals under staff supervision

2nd year facilities: Group homes house eight students and contain two kitchens. Four students share each kitchen, and enjoy additional meal-planning and preparation responsibilities. Two students share each room and bath.

3rd year facilities: Individual apartments are equipped for two students and include a complete kitchen. This setting provides students with the real-life experience of living independently yet is located in close proximity for support if needed.

On a regular basis, you will go to the grocery store and buy food that you can prepare meals with back at your dorm, group home or apartment. These types of events will help you apply what you learn in class to real life situations.

Classes and activities provide you with knowledge about how to do everyday things on your own. Taking bus trips, counting money, and meeting new people help you practice and get comfortable with things that may not come naturally to you. These types of things will help prepare you for life on your own after college.

The campus also has great walking trails, a bocce ball court and the Bolthouse Center gym. Shepherds College has a history of participation in the Special Olympics, and you will have the opportunity to join a team sport. There is always something for you to do here!