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Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS)

Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS)
Texas A&M University
Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS)
Texas A&M University
TAMU 4225
College Station, TX 77843
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Program Contact Leticia LaSota
Program Contact Email
Phone 979-845-4461
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

PATHS is a two-year postsecondary certificate training program for individuals with and without disabilities who are interested in working in human service fields such as childcare, eldercare, or as paraprofessionals in an educational setting.

Program information submitted: February 8, 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: 27
Summer program name Summer I
Description of our summer transition program: Summer I is a pre-requisite semester to determine students' readiness for the PATHS Program starting the following Fall I semester. Students must successfully pass the Summer I semester in order to move forward to the Fall I semester. During Summer I, students work on navigation and independent living skills, as well as other skills necessary to be successful in college.
Summer program link: Summer I
School district or agency partner: Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University
Contact person: Leticia LaSota
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Deadline to apply to this program: March 3, 2023
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
  • Students of all abilities are encouraged to apply.
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 93.00%
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
Scholarships available: STRIDES (on-campus organization at TAMU); church; workplace.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 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): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Direct Support Professional eligible for those on the DSP tracks; Child Development Associate eligible for those on the Childcare Professional (CCP) track.
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? Child Protection Training; First Aid/CPR; Person-Centered Training
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services: Career services
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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:
  • Students are housed on campus for the Summer I semester only. Afterward, they choose an off-campus dorm in which to live for the duration of the program.
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities