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Trailblazer Program

Trailblazer Program
University of Nebraska Omaha
Trailblazer Program
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 University Drive
Omaha, NE 68182
Program Contact Rachel Ray
Program Contact Email
Phone 402-559-3673
Website Program website

The Munroe-Meyer Institute – University of Nebraska Omaha (MMI-UNO) Trailblazers Program is a two-year, undergraduate, non-degree program for young adults with a documented intellectual or developmental disability. The program allows for Trailblazer students to participate in the same learning environments available to same-age peers in an academic, vocational, and social inclusion-focused program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The MMI-UNO Trailblazers program serves students with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities ages 18-26 who have graduated from their high school and/or exited transition services. Beyond the academic coursework, the broader curriculum for students in the MMI-UNO Trailblazers program also includes experiences designed to support their goals for integrated social experiences, employment skills, and adult living opportunities and experiences.

Program information submitted: March 13, 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:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 12
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1, 2021
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 5.00%
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: $5000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $5000.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Costs of books and class materials.
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
Scholarships available: There is one $4500 merit-based scholarship offered per academic year.
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: Students are allowed to take any course, with professor approval, that is listed in the course catalog.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Trailblazer Certificate of Achievement and Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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