L.I.V.E.S. ProgramSM Sample Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminar – This is a series of seminars required of all incoming freshman.  It introduces entering students to life on campus, and prepares them to work and study together in an environment that encourages exploration and respects diversity.

Seminars – This will be a series of seminars designed to tap into the students' interests and prepares them to work and study together in an environment that encourages exploration and respects diversity.

Career Exploration – Through a variety of activities and instruction on jobs and job related skills, students will explore their vocational preferences and aptitudes.  Students may sample a variety of campus-based employment activities, and conduct research into career opportunities in their communities and post-college.

Community Resources – Students will learn about services and supports in their communities. This activity based course will guide students in the process of identifying and accessing community resources.

Personal Finance – Students will learn the elements of personal finance, including developing and following a budget, banking, saving, and how to know when you can make purchases.

Health and Wellness – This course will focus on health and wellness. Students will explore what it means to maintain a healthy lifestyle, what it means to be healthy, and how to achieve wellness. The focus will be on nutrition, health maintenance, basic first aid, and fitness

Lifestyles – This course will focus on personal interests and resources that contribute to active and satisfying lifestyles.  Students will explore clubs and activities available to them on campus.

Technology – This is a hands-on course. Students will be introduced to various assistive technologies available to them.  Students may need to use assistive technology to communicate, access written materials, read, and conduct research.

Internships – Based on students' individual career interests, internships will be developed in which students will participate in hands-on volunteer work experiences around the campus and community. 


 Program Components and Methods of Delivery

The L.I.V.E.S. ProgramSM components are delivered via coursework and through field-based experiences.

Program Component


Field-Based Experience

Independent Living Skills

Specialized Course Offerings

On-campus, near campus community-based instruction

Employment/Vocational Training

Specialized Course Offerings

On-campus job sampling and supported job experiences

Functional Academics in Reading/Literacy and Math

Specialized Course Offerings


Socialization and Communication

Specialized Course Offerings

On-campus recreation, leisure experiences with peer mentor support

Futures Planning/ Seminars

Specialized Course Offerings and Professional Support


SUNY-Geneseo Course Audit

Inclusive course setting with potential peer mentorships and support