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Sooner Works

Sooner Works
University of Oklahoma
Sooner Works
338 Cate Center Drive, Room 160
Norman, OK 73019
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Program Contact Mindy Lingo
Email soonerworks@ou.edu
Phone 405-325-4543
Website http://www.ou.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/sooner-works

The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Works is a comprehensive integrated program for students with an intellectual or developmental disability who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. The program is a four-year certificate program offering a college experience to prepare participants for competitive employment and independent living through a combination of coursework and career exploration. Sooner Works students live on campus and take traditional university courses in conjunction with courses specific to Sooner Works. In addition, students will participate in internship and social organizations on the beautiful University of Oklahoma campus.

Program information submitted: March 8, 2021

General
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: 10
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Feb 1, 2022
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 23.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $7000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $14000.00
Room and board: $10000.00
Program fees: $8000.00
Cost of the program:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Scholarships Specific to Disability, University Scholarship, and Private Scholarships
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students take traditional college courses with pass/no pass options with academic support provided from Sooner Works staff.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: Students participate in a Person Centered Planning course and take 1-hour course geared toward career planning and/or independent living skill attainment.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Integrated Community Studies
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 66%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Greek life (fraternity & sorority), Religious Organizations, Gaming Club, Dance Classes, Intramural Sports, Student Spirit Organizations, President Leadership Club, Fitness Clubs