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Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood

Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood
Texas A&M University San Antonio
Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Program Contact Veronica Kallead
Phone 210-784-2436
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The TU CASA model is designed to provide students with intellectual disabilities a true university experience while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to transition to independent adult lives. TU CASA addresses the critical needs in the community by establishing a sustainable program that: (a) provides 18 months of fully inclusive PSE opportunities with access to typical and specialized A&M-SA services and supports; (b) offers a meaningful credential upon completion that addresses academic, employment, and independent living domains; (c) utilizes a person-centered approach to meet unique student needs and enhance their quality of life; (d) employs comprehensive program evaluation; and (e) includes a plan for replication on regional and state levels.

Program information submitted: April 14, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Summer program name Summer BOOT Camp
Description of our summer transition program: Students are encouraged to live in Esperanza Hall, the residence life facility at A&M-SA University. This experience will begin with a summer BOOT camp between the students’ first and second semesters in the program. The summer BOOT camp is an immersive summer bridge program for students to live on campus and follow a typical college week including classes, vocational time, independent living skills, and social opportunities.
Summer program link: Summer BOOT Camp
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: on or before August 15th of every year (see the program website for details)
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
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)
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: Tuition costs and fees can be found here:
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 100%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Briefly describe remote learning at your program depends on the format of offered classes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: University and Career Experience Certificate (UCEC)
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities