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Panther PLUS

Panther PLUS
Florida International University
Panther PLUS
11200 SW 8th Street
ZEB 130
Miami, FL 33199
Program Contact Nicole Attong
Phone 305-348-5377

Project Panther PLUS is a two – year program designed to develop a well – rounded and self – sufficient young adult, aged 22 – 26, in an inclusive and supportive university community of learners who will be marketable for competitive, integrated, and paid employment and be able to live independently upon graduation.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 22-24
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Additional costs: $2,000.00

Approximate cost of tuition and fees is $2,000 per semester. Additional costs associated with the Independent Living Experience including but not limited to living unit rental and fees, meals and groceries, and other incidental expenses associated with living independently in the community will be the student's and family's responsibility. 

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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

During their first semester at FIU, students are required to enroll in a specific section of SLS 1402 Discover Your Major. In this course, students learn how to match their interests and skills to an appropriate career through the process of self-exploration and career planning.

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: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • During the students’ second year in the program, they participate in an Independent Living Experience that affords them the opportunity to further develop their independent living skills while living in a supported, off-campus residence with the members of their student cohort. 

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Last updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 14:31