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A residential program for students with intellectual disabilities seeking an integrated college experience that prepares them for future employment.

Enrolling for Fall 2024

Independence and Growth Nurtured through Integrated Training and Education

At MVNU, we believe every person is uniquely created to contribute to the growth of God's kingdom with their unique skills, talents, and personalities. The IGNITE Program was developed to help students with intellectual disabilities discover their calling through an individualized, integrated college experience.

In the two-year, four semester residential program, IGNITE students will gain skills in the areas of independence, self-determination, and employment in a supportive Christian environment.



Are you a good fit for the IGNITE Program?

  • Meet the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) definition of Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Have been eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Are 18-25 years old when starting the program
  • Have completed high school with a diploma or equivalent credential
  • Complete a comprehensive application process including an interview
  • Demonstrate interest and motivation in attending the program
  • Can function with support in a college setting
  • Desire to deepen your relationship with Christ
  • Are able to safely get around campus during class transitions, mealtimes, and other extracurricular activities
  • Have practical reading and math skills
  • Have family support and desire to gain skills for employment and independent living


In addition to IGNITE Program courses, student will take at least two inclusive college courses each semester.

Career Development and Employment

Individualized career development planning will help each student identify their personal career goals. During students' first semester, they will job shadow and prepare for internships during the next three semesters.

A Full Student Life Experience

Student life on MVNU's campus is supportive, uplifting, and all-around fun! All students have access to clubs and activities, spiritual formation groups, integrated housing, mentor support and so much more!


Visiting MVNU is a must! The IGNITE Program offers online information sessions and we encourage prospective students to schedule individual campus visits or attend an Open House Day.


We lay out each step of the application process so you know what's happening at all times.

Contact us

Phone: 740-397-9000, ext. 3429
Mail: IGNITE Program, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Office: We are located on the first floor of the Clarence and Jennie Moore Center. If you need help finding us, please call or reference the campus map.

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