1430 E. Second St., P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721
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|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||9%|
|Program specific fees:||$0.00|
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:||
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|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:||
|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:||25%|
|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