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Bridges to Education and Careers

Bridges to Education and Careers
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Bridges to Education and Careers
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Walb Student Union, Room 111
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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Program Contact Suzanna Yuhasz
Phone (260) 481-6592

Bridges to Education and Careers at Purdue University Fort Wayne is a program for students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school, with a diploma or a Certificate of Completion, and are ready to make the transition to college. The program's primary emphasis is educational enrichment to pave a road to employment. Students gain proficiency in areas like independent living, self-determination, life-skills and social skills development. Students will have the opportunity to learn study techniques and gain experiences to prepare for future employment which may include internships, job shadowing, or job coaching. 

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 19
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 87%
Retention rate: 86%
Cost of the program: Per semester: Tuition will range from approximately $1700 (for 2 classes) up to $4224 (5 classes); Housing ranges from $2700 to $6000 (excluding meals) Residents from outside of Indiana will pay an out of state rate for tuition rate Additional cost for books, there is no additional charge for program participation
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Students in our program have received the Ruby's Rainbow scholarship

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students participate in one course each semester that is only for students in our program. This is to support work readiness and life skills.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Currently working to develop a certificate. We have not had any students complete our program yet but anticipate our first graduates in 2019.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Magic the Gathering; Choir; Intramural Sports; Black Student Union, other activities on and off campus

Last updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 14:27