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VAST Academy

VAST Academy
Houston Community College
VAST Academy
1301 Alabama, 101b
Houston, TX 77004
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Program Contact Sue Moraska
Email sue.moraska@hccs.edu
Phone 713.718.6833
Website Program website
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VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services, which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for students with intellectual and developmentally disabilities. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success bridge courses, career readiness credentials, and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

Program information submitted: May 24, 2022

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 100
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
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 97.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 98.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $1036.00
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Academic
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
  • Students do not take typical college courses
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? No
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Students take STEM-related courses? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 1-24%
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Occupational Skills (Career Readiness)
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? Yes
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
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: 15%
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: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events