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Project FOCUS

Project FOCUS
University of Arizona
Project FOCUS
1430 E. Second St., P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721
Program Contact Dr. Stephanie MacFarland
Phone 520.621.5165

Overview: The University of Arizona’s College of Education in collaboration with Pima County School Districts' transition programs and Vocational Rehabilitation provides a unique option for students, ages 18-21, who have intellectual disabilities. Through a two-year dual enrollment model, Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support) is designed to support inclusive accessibility to University of Arizona’s academic offerings, internships, and campus life in order to increase each student’s self-determination and employability.

Service Learning Certificate: Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate in service learning comprised of a minimum of 25 college credits, which include courses, internships, and volunteer hours.

Employment: Competitive employment is a goal for all students. They receive career training through volunteer opportunities, campus career services, and internships.

Peer Mentor Support: Students are supported by same-age peer mentors who are trained by highly qualified staff to use best practices while supporting students. Instructional Support: Students are provided instructional support in University of Arizona coursework, campus life, career training, and self-determination by highly qualified special education teachers, University of Arizona faculty, and support from Disability Resource Center (DRC).

Integrated Technology: Project FOCUS is a mobile 1:1 iPad program designed to enhance learning, improve communication, increase independence and encourage social relationships.

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 25
School district or agency partner: Pima County School Districts
Contact person: Varies depending upon the school District
Deadline to apply to this program: First Friday of November
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
    • Student must be enrolled in an Arizona school system/local education agency
    • Eligible for dual enrollment through the school district and university system
    • Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services
Accepts out-of-state students: No
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: 9%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $4,800.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $275.00

For students interested: Zona Zoo Pass for sports activities: $175.00 Student ID card: $50.00 Universtiy Application fee: $50.00

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
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Service Learning Certificate issued through College of Education
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 35%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 35%
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: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Zona Zoo student sporting events access, Spring Fling, Night Crawl, Sport Rallies, Museum events, Theater events, local community events, fund raisers

Last updated: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:14