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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 111B
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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Program Contact Suzanna Yuhasz
Phone (260) 481-6592

Bridges to Education and Careers at IPFW 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: 14
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
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: 100%
Cost of the program: Per semester: Tuition will range from approximately $1700 (for 2 classes) up to $4200 (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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
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%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Magic the Gathering; Choir; Intramural Sports; other activities on and off campus

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:27