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Where the Learning Continues (WTLC)

Where the Learning Continues (WTLC)
West Texas A&M University
Where the Learning Continues (WTLC)
2403 Russell Long Blvd
Canyon, TX 79016
Program Contact Andrea Porter
Phone 806-651-2037

Where the Learning Continues (WTLC) at West Texas A&M University is a higher education experience committed to empowering students with intellectual disabilities by strengthening thei academic knowledge, social skills, and unique abilities in a way that nurtures confidence and inspire independence.

WTLC students are proud to belong to the WTAMU community! Classes are held on both WTAMU campuses where they enjoy meeting other Buffs and reuniting with former classmates. Students receive free admission to sporting and fine arts events, and participate in the annual Homecoming parade. Paid internship opportunities are available through dining services and the physical plant.

Class is held Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Learning includes:

  • mathematics
  • science
  • writing
  • life skills
  • computing
  • communication and social skills
  • social studies

After completing 8 semesters students participate in the WTAMU commencement ceremonies and are presented with a certificate of completion in a degree cover.

Transportation to and from Amarillo on Panhandle Transit is available for a nominal fee. Student meet the bus at a central Amarillo location in the morning and are taken home or to work after school. Unfortunately, housing is not available on campus.

Tuition is $1500 per semester. Neither financial aid nor scholarships are available because the students do not earn university credit in their classes.


To be eligible for the program, an applicant must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-23
  • Demonstrate a minimum level of independence
  • Have completed a 4-year high school program
  • Have minimal medical and no behavioral issues

Prospective students and parents are encouraged to visit the program.

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: 8
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1 for fall and October 1 for spring
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-23
  • There is no residential space at the University, so students must live in the immediate area with a parent/guardian or at a group home.
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 75%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $1,500.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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)
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

This is a collegiate experience program, so students are in one class together working on academic skills at their level. (Generally around second to fourth grade.)

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Classes cover the core subjects: language arts, social studies, math, and science. Students also participate in a weekly communication class with communication disorder majors that helps with social and job communication skills.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Special Olympics and attending WTAMU sporting events

Last updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 18:14