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Penn State University - University Park
113 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
Program Contact Allison Fleming
Program Contact Email
Phone 8148632285
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The WorkLink program is a fully integrated, on-campus, non-residential 2-year certificate program, in WorkLink Strategies and Employability, at Penn State University (University Park). The WorkLink program provides the opportunity for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to participate in postsecondary experiences and education alongside their peers.

Program information submitted: January 24, 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: 12
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: March 31, 2023
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • co-occuring physical and sensory disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 75.00%
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: $19835.00
Program fees: $5000.00
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:
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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 select courses from the undergraduate course catalog to audit, guided by their preferences and ideas as highlighted by them during person-centered planning sessions. We work with the registrar for audit requests, and in the event that there are pre-requisites or other limitations on courses we seek approval to waive them if possible. Students typically take 2 audit courses per semester.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students attend our WorkLink seminar (I and II) that covers a range of independent living, personal development, health and wellness, and employment interests and skills. Students also attend a section of internship supervision when they are completing their internship for check ins and updates on their progress.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
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: WorkLink Strategies and Employability
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students do an internship during the second year of the program. It is arranged based on their previous work expeirence and interests, and targets individual growth according to their goals.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation