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Penn State University - University Park
330 Cedar Building
University Park, PA 16802
Program Contact Alison Fleming
Phone 814-863-2285

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.
The WorkLink program’s goal is to support students with ID in developing work and independent living skills. Students will take WorkLink seminars and will audit additional Penn State courses in literacy and math, and additional student-selected electives. The emphasis for the first year will be orienting to Penn state, promoting personal health and wellness, independent living skills, financial literacy and engaging in person-centered planning to define their career goals and select electives from the general Penn State classes that will contribute to their preparation for employment. The second year is dedicated to engaging in employment opportunities including job shadowing, refining work interests, learning about social skills in the workplace, and pursuing internships on campus or in the community.

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: 3
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program: Cost is approximately $18,000 per year.
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students select 6 credits per semester from typical course catalog for audit.

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

Students take 6 credits per semester of WorkLink Seminar

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Worklink Strategies and Employability
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 66%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are part of student organizations, attend sporting events and other activities

Last updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:11