From the Executive Director
Dear friends,

We are tremendously grateful for your continued support of Minnesota Independence College and Community (MICC). This year, because of generous gifts from community members like you, we have:

  • Graduated the Class of 2018 with students moving into independent living and 100% employed
  • Established a fourth vocational certificate in Health Services, opening new doors for our students and graduates in a growing field
  • Enrolled our largest first year class in our history with 20 students

More and more, we are seeing the inspiring transition of our students into independent living in the community with their friends and a job. It is through our important partnerships, that together we bring the hope, skills, and independence that all individuals deserve. 

As we come to the end of the year, we ask you to consider making an investment in MICC to help transform the lives of individuals affected by autism spectrum and other learning differences. Thank you again for your support. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

With gratitude,
MICC's 16th Annual Gala
March 23rd, 2019 at the Depot Hotel

The theme of this year's gala is "Expedition Independence: What's Your New Frontier?" celebrating the spirit of exploration and limitless possibility for our students and graduates as they achieve independence! If you've been to this event, you already know it's one of the most enjoyable galas in the Twin Cities - theme-based, casual, and fast-paced. If you haven't attended in the past, we'd love to have you join us this year !

Thank you to this year's
presenting sponsor:
Sponsorships are a special opportunity to invite friends, colleagues and family to join you in supporting MICC and learn more about our programs. If you are interested in receiving information about sponsorship opportunities please contact Trina Sletto , Development Manager.
Partnership Spotlight
This semester, MICC and the History Theatre partnered to bring students’ stories to life. Eight students worked with a History Theatre teaching artist and an MICC instructor; playing improv games, doing reflective writing activities, sharing their stories, performing vignettes, and having a lot of fun along the way. Students grew in self confidence and trust as they built rapport with each other and found their unique voices. 
The MICC Student Council has been revitalized! This student-driven initiative consisted of students meeting to determine the roles, responsibilities and the structure of the council. Students ran exciting campaigns, making posters and participating in a lively civil debate. We are excited for the contributions the new council will make to the MICC Community. 
The Community Program has implemented program evaluation tools, processes, and personnel to become more data driven in strategic planning. Social isolation, service usage, individual member profiles, and other program metrics are some of the many ways we are investing in data to better inform future decision making on staffing structure, resources, and programming needs. Supplemented by new partnerships with Wilder Research and University of Minnesota , we are also on the way to incorporating community needs and assessing the economic impact of the Community program into its strategic planning.
We kicked off our Health Services certificate program this school year. Careers in this field include working as a direct support professional, pharmacy technician, sterilization technician, medical receptionist, etc. Our Health Services students recently toured Methodist Hospital with Dr. Tim Gabrielsen. They were able to visit an operating room, orthopedic clinic and the sterile processing department! We look forward to continuing the growth of our Careers certificate programs.