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4585 Isabella Ingram Drive
Pensacola, FL 32504
Program Contact Dondie Roper
Program Contact Email
Phone 850.466.2521
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

PALS gives students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) the opportunity to participate in an array of academic classes, learn new skills, explore careers, prepare for employment and ultimately gain more independence. PALS provides career training as well as structured coursework that may include: career certification, money and basic financial literacy skills, problem solving, cooking and food shopping, community awareness, computer and internet skills, safety, personal health, and self-advocacy. With PALS, you can GET a job. KEEP a job. ADVANCE in a job.

Program information submitted: January 11, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school:

Post secondary program of The Arc Gateway

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 50
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
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 1 year
  • Varies from student to student
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
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? No
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 82%
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 0%