EXCELL has four main objectives
making personal enrichment and life-enhancing classes available to individuals 18 years and older who have mild developmental disabilities or other cognitive disabilities;
making educational offerings accessible to a population that might not otherwise be able to participate in the college environment.;
giving students in the program the opportunity to develop and interact socially as well as academically; and
serving as a learning laboratory for traditional K-State students in the special education program.
EXCELL is divided into two, five-week sessions, with classes held on Saturday mornings. Each student takes one course per session, and instructors from K-State and from the community who have special education experience are hired as instructors. Classes include topics such as Money Management, Science, Social Studies and Geography, Art, Music, Job skills, resume writing and interview skills, and functional reading.
Classes are generally held from 9:00 – 11:30 am in the K-State Student Union.
Traditional college students, interested in learning more about the field of special education as well as other majors, serve as Student Ambassadors in the program. Around thirty traditional K-State students volunteer each semester. These Student Ambassadors provide assistance in mobility and finding classrooms, assist with lesson plans and interact with EXCELL students during break times. This enhances social and leisure skills while making new friendships that could last a lifetime. Others from the community are also welcome to volunteer.
This project is funded through student fees, donations and grants. Special thanks to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation for their ongoing support.