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Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)

Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)
The University of Arizona
Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)
1430 E Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Program Contact Stephanie MacFarland, Carrie Hollman
Program Contact Email
Phone Stephanie MacFarland: 520-621-5165
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support), in collaboration with the College of Education and Pima County public school districts, provides an inclusive post-high school transition opportunity for students (ages 18-21) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Project FOCUS provides access to The University of Arizona’s academic courses, university and community -based internships, and campus life social events to increase students' independence, communication, technology skills, and employability. Our Students graduate as independent, self-determined, confident, employable citizens rooted in the knowledge and skills gained during their inclusive university experiences.

Program information submitted: June 29, 2022

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: 15
School district or agency partner: Pima County School Districts (vary depending upon the applicants)
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: November, last Friday of first full week.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22 years of age
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • multiple disabilities, developmental disabilities
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: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $3700.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Zona Zoo Athletic Pass: $150
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
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available: We do an annual crowd funding campaign to raise scholarship funds; we apply for local grants to support our scholarship funds; we applied for a Community Campus Status through our university which provides awards through a funding formula model.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: The course access is the same for any student at The University of Arizona. With our Community Campus Program Status, we have tuition reduction for the courses that our students take. We have to work with administration to align a Community Campus section which aligns the tuition rate with the registrar.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Project FOCUS Work Readiness Certificate
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? Culinary certificate if they choose to take the additional training program.
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience: We collaborate with Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Developmental Disabilities and other community-based agencies such as Project Search, Workability, for example. the individual is a voc re
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation