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Wayfinders at California State University, Fresno

Wayfinders at California State University, Fresno
California State University Fresno
Wayfinders at California State University, Fresno
2743 E Shae Ave #101
Fresno, CA 93710
Program Contact Shail Lopez-Ortiz
Phone 559.278.0390

Wayfinders at California State University, Fresno is an inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18 - 28.

The Wayfinders Program is housed under the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Wayfinders focuses on teaching it's students independent living, vocational and self-advocacy skills, thereby increasing the life-choices available to them, thus enhancing their quality of life.

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: 38
Deadline to apply to this program: January 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-28
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program:

$14,626 - $15,331+ (for Regional Center Clients)

$54,133.60 - $62,782.24 + (for Private Pay Families)

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)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Each semester, students enroll in the Career Development Class, which is a 3-unit Fresno State course. Coursework focuses on skills such as work ethic, workplace communication, problem solving, team work and accountability. Students create a resume, build an electronic portfolio, learn and practice interviewing, and develop soft skills necessary to find and retain employment. Students are given the opportunity to explore multiple industries while applying what they have learned each semester.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completition
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 30%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Fresno State campus clubs, volunteer work, Fresno State athletic events, Special Olympics, Peer Mentor Program, Fresno State Recreation Center and fitness routines.

Last updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 14:29