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Trailblazer Program

Trailblazer Program
University of Nebraska Omaha
Trailblazer Program
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
6400 University Drive
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Program Contact Rachel Ray
Program Contact Email
Phone 4025593673
Website Program website

The MMI-UNO Trailblazers Program offers students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in the same learning environments available to same-age peers in an academic-, vocational- and social inclusion-focused program. This two-year program includes auditing a minimum of two (2) undergraduate courses per semester and completion of a specified number of vocational and other experiences. An individual plan for college participation is developed for each student. This is a certificate program that does not offer higher education credits toward a college degree.

Program information submitted: January 18, 2023

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 4
Summer program name MMI-UNO College and Career Exploration Program
Description of our summer transition program:

The MMI-UNO College and Career Exploration Program is a weeklong program that provides students with disabilities ages 14-21 an opportunity to experience college life and explore career interests. Students will learn how they can successfully transition to college or vocational programs. During the summer program, students gain a broader knowledge of what college is like, an accurate assessment of the student’s independent living skills, opportunities for building new friendships, and independent living and advocacy skills.

Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 57.00%
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: $8750.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Course selection is based on student interest and career goals. Per university regulations for audited courses, instructor approval is required. No student has been denied approval in the program's history.

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: MMI-UNO Trailblazers Certificate of Achievement
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?

UCEDD Trainee Certificate

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
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): 75-99%
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 Student orientation