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EMPOWER

EMPOWER
University of Arkansas
EMPOWER
410 Arkansas Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Program Contact Ashley Bradley
Email arbradle@uark.edu
Phone 479-575-5214
Website http://empower.uark.edu

EMPOWER offers a four-year, non-degree college experience program for students with cognitive disabilities that incorporates functional academics, independent living, employment, social/leisure skills, and health/wellness skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. The University of Arkansas program is offered for students who demonstrate the ability to safely live independently, sustain employment, and socially integrate during their enrollment. The program progresses with an emphasis on workplace experience, community integration, and independent living with transitionally reduced supports. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of program completion.

General
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
Requirements
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Cost
Cost of the program: No details provided.
Additional costs: $5,000.00

In addition to regular University of Arkansas tuition, fees and room and board, EMPOWER students pay $5000 per semester for support services.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

EMPOWER seminar courses- in this course we talk about independent living, money management, navigation of campus, campus life, and work on assignments for regular college courses.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Career Exploration
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Employment
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Specialized on campus
Extracurricular
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:

Football games, club sports, Volunteer committee

Last updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:48