Inclusive Post-Secondary Education


Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) offers a unique experience for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend Lethbridge College as a college student. IPSE provides students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to continue their learning, connect with their peers, gain experience, make contacts in their field of study, and ultimately secure meaningful employment.

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Students who qualify for funding by PDD (Persons with Developmental Disabilities), and either have  a modified high school diploma or no high school diploma may be eligible to audit classes at Lethbridge College through IPSE. This gives IPSE facilitators the freedom to work with instructors to modify work loads to accommodate student's learning styles. Facilitators also help students participate in other aspects of a typical college experience and provide support as needed.

Students are supported by IPSE year-round. During the summer months, students are typically involved in community activities, volunteer experiences, practicum placements and employment.

IPSE students attend college to:

  • explore their interests
  • enrich their lives with new experiences
  • increase their autonomy and improve their self-identity
  • meet new people and make friends
  • gain the knowledge and skills required to obtain meaningful employment

How to apply

Students interested in attending Lethbridge College with the supports of IPSE must fill out an application form specific to IPSE and return it to the coordinator of the program. Please contact the coordinator to obtain an application form. The coordinator is also available to answer any other questions.

Frequently asked questions

What does inclusion mean?
Inclusion means that all people, regardless of any disability, should have the opportunity to access education and contribute to both their community and the workforce.  As such, students supported by IPSE at Lethbridge College attend regular college classes, write exams, complete assignments, participate in group projects and take part in campus events.  There are no classes or rooms set aside for students in this initiative, which means that they are fully included in all aspects of college life.    

What does it mean to audit a course?
Auditing means that students attend classes and complete coursework but do not receive grades or credit for the classes. This allows facilitators to modify homework, assignments and tests to meet students' individual learning styles and needs.

How much are audit fees?
Course fees for audit students are the same as for credit students. Fees vary from course to course.  Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information regarding fees at 403-320-3323 or toll-fee 1-800-572-0103 (ext. 3323).

Is there a separate registration fee for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education?
No.  Lethbridge College's registration fee is the only registration fee required.  Applicants are expected to pay the college's registration fee only after they have been accepted into the IPSE program.

When are applications accepted?
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis; however, student intake will only occur when spots become available.

How much are textbooks?
Textbook prices vary by course. Used textbooks, which are less expensive, are sometimes available.

How long is the program?
While most college programs are two years, IPSE students typically attend Lethbridge College for four years because they proceed through their programs at a more manageable pace.

If you have any questions about Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at Lethbridge College or if you would like more information, please contact:

Shannon Mertz
Phone: 403.320.3347

Tyler Jacques
Phone: 403.320.3202 ext.5277

Tricia Petty
Phone: 403.320.3202 ext. 5781

Fax: 1.888.981.3924