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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 Destiny Garza or Joe Tate
Program Contact Email
Phone (512) 232-0772
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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, childcare associate or paraprofessional 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 as caregivers, childcare associates and paraprofessionals.
Give Texans the tools they need to excel in life!

Program information submitted: January 31, 2023

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:
School district or agency partner: Texas Workforce Commission
Contact person: Dora Trevino
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: March 15, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • The student is not under guardianship
  • Student may also be under Supported Decision Making
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $24000.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Most audit courses were taken through the College of Education: -Individual Differences -Perceptions of Autism and Neurodiversity -Foundations and Issues in SpEd
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students take E4Texas classes on independently living skills, employments skills, disability studies and history, and take classes related to their career track: paraprofessional training, childcare assistant training, and personal care attendant training.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Paraprofessional Region 13 Certification, Personal Care Attendant Certification, Early Childhood Education Assistant Certification
Other career development activities are:
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities Campus events