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E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel

E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel
University of Texas at Austin
E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel
10100 Burnet Road, Ste 1.154, L4000
Austin, TX 78758
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Program Contact Jigna Patel
Phone 512-232-0773

E4Texas is for people who are 18 years and older and have graduated from high school, or have a GED, and want to be a Personal Care Attendant.
The E4Texas experience combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences in addition to independent living skills and self-determination.

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: 10
Description of our summer transition program: E4Texas is a post-secondary opportunity for people with or without a disability, who are over the age of 18, who have a high school diploma, and are employment-focused. The E4Texas 3-semester experience combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences, independent living skills, and self-determination. During the course, students will learn the main aspects of independent living, will receive their caretaker certification, and will be supported as they find jobs in their final semester. E4Texas has four goals: - Empower Texans to become self-determined & independent. - Educate Texans to gain employment, professional, and independent living skills. - Employ Texans in the areas of caregiving. - Give Texans the tools they need to excel in life!
School district or agency partner: Texas Workforce Commission
Deadline to apply to this program: March 15. 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18+
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Any
Program length: 1 year
Cost of the program: approximately $25,000 per year
Additional costs: $500.00
An estimate for incidentals (e.g., personal items)
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
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

There are select professors who invite E4Texas students to their classes as well as evening informal classes available as electives.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

E4Texas is employment focused and thus provides specific classes on work readiness and the employment focus.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Personal Care Attendant Certification; Child Developmental Associate; Food Handler; CPR/AED and First Aid Certification; Allergy Ready Certification
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: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Yes. Personal Care Attendant certification. Child Development Associate

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

E4Texas students have participated in SXSW, outings with college peers, community-based volunteerism, and self-directed outings to grocery stores, restaurants, and other social events of choice.

Last updated: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 14:41