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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Box 453014
Las Vegas, NV 89154
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Program Contact Karl (Ryan) Wennerlind
Program Contact Email
Phone 702-895-1749
Website Program website
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Project F.O.C.U.S. is a comprehensive post-secondary education program for Southern Nevada's adult college-aged students with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including young adults with autism. The program provides an inclusive, accessible, and productive career education program by incorporating evidence-based research and positive behavior supports that promote self-determination, community partnerships, and job readiness skills. Our goal is to prepare individuals with intellectual disabilities for competitive, paid employment and independent living in an inclusive community setting.

Program information submitted: January 11, 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
Number of students: 24
Summer program name Project FOCUS Rebel LIFE Summer Camp
Description of our summer transition program: The Project FOCUS Rebel LIFE Summer Camp is one of the first opportunities new students have to access campus. In this experience, students begin orientation to the program and campus activities. In addition to the program and campus orientation, students begin independent living and career development activities.
Summer program link: Project FOCUS Rebel LIFE Summer Camp
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: 4/3/2023
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: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 41.00%
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: $8000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $25000.00
Room and board: $8000.00
Program fees: $6000.00
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: Cohen Scholars Program-The Cohen Scholarship is run out of the UNLV Provosts office. Mr. Cohen’s generosity awards our students, despite difficult circumstances, the opportunity to better themselves, our university, and our communities through earning a degree. By lifting the financial burden of attending UNLV, this program helps students focus on their studies and immerse themselves in the university experience.
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 enroll in typical UNLV courses. Some courses may require prerequisite waivers.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students enroll in three specific program courses: FOCUS Daily Living, FOCUS Career Development, and FOCUS Internship Seminar. FOCUS Daily Living and FOCUS Career Development are offered one semester each year with FOCUS Daily Living running in the fall and FOCUS Career Development running in the spring. All Project FOCUS students attend these courses, as well as program interns (Human Service majors). When program students work in internships, they enroll in the FOCUS Internship Seminar to receive additional job development and support.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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: Occupational, Career, Life Studies Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 21%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 66%
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation