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Path to Independence

Path to Independence
University of Nevada Reno
Path to Independence
1664 N. Virginia
Reno, NV 89557
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Program Contact Mary Bryant
Phone 775.682.9057

The Path To Independence (P2I) Program is a collaborative effort of UNR’s Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED), the University of Nevada Reno Extended Studies Department, the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Sierra Regional Center (SRC), Washoe County School District (WCSD) and Lyon County School District (LCSD).

P2I is a two-year, non-degree certificate program. it is structured into three areas: Academics & Campus Activities, Employment, and Independent Living. Each student participates in Person Centered Planning (PCP) prior to the first semester, and then again each subsequent semester.

The results of the PCP will determine the level of academic involvement, since UNR courses will be the core of each student’s individualized plan. P2I students choose courses from the UNR general catalog. In conjunction with the independent living component and to encourage lifelong healthy living, each student will be urged to take one wellness/physical education class per semester. Students participate in campus activities such as clubs/organizations and sports activities. They receive academic support from educational coaches, who are also students at UNR.  In addition, students minoring in Developmental Disabilities (DD) act as social mentors for the P2I students.

Competitive Employment is the expected outcome for each student.  The employment component is done in conjuntion with Vocational Rehabilitation.  P2I uses the customized employment model and has a job developer on staff.  During the four semesters, students participate in a variety of job experiences:

Semester 1:  As the student is adjusting to college, there are weekly meetings with the job developer to discuss employment goals.

Semester 2:  Sudents participate in a rotation of three one-month on-campus iinternships, depending on their interests and abilities.

Semester 3:  Students work in a paid on-campus student job

Semester 4:  Students work in a paid on-campus job and work closely with job developer to obtain competitive employment upon graduation. Students  develop a video resume and portfolio.

An important aspect of college life for all students is learning to live independently. Path To Independence staff will assist each student to access community services, classes and supports that will lead to the desired independent living outcomes in the PCP. These include one weekly class in Social Skills to Pay the Bills, Money Matters, Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination, and Relationships & Sexuality.  Training in public transportation travel is also available.  

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 12
Description of our summer transition program: New P2I students participate in a two-day orientation. Day 1, they participate along side typical students for the general orientation for all UNR freshmen. Day 2 is specific to the P2I program.
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-28
  • Must be eligible for Regional Center services and Vocational Rehabilitation services
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 50%
Retention rate: 71%
Cost of the program: Registration fee, per credit 215.50 ASUN fee, per credit 5.00 Technology fee, per credit 9.00 Health Center Fee (students enrolled in 6 or more credits) 93.00 Counseling Services Fee (students enrolled in 6 or more credits) 50.00 Performing Arts Fee 5.00 Student Union Fee (students enrolled in less than 4 credits) 25.00 Student Union Fee (students enrolled in 4 or more credits) 94.00 Fitness Center Fee 45.00 Academic Success Fee 25.00
Additional costs: $3,500.00
P2I has an additional program fee of $3,500 per semester.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students may take any UNR courses that do not require prerequisites. Students take at least one from each of these areas during the two year program: Science & Environment; Arts & Literature; Social Sciences.

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

Students take one independent living class per semester including: Relationships & Sexuality, Money Matters, Soft Skills to Pay the Bills, and Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Campus & Career Studies
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Continuing education credential
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
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:


Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

All campus activities are open to P2I students. Many attend sporting events, are active in clubs (Music Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Running Club, etc.) and other organizations.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:17