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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
Phone Stephanie MacFarland
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: April 21, 2021

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: 10
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: October-November
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-22
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • 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 $7200.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Campus event costs such as sports events, theater, dance, etc.
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Crowdfunding and fundraising through grant writing and donors.
Scholarships available: Scholarships are based on individual financial need.
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 take courses aligned with their career goal and interests and are fully included with support from peer mentors.
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: The Work Readiness Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 20%
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Wheelchair basketball, African-American student organization, Sierra Hiking Club