E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel.
E4Texas is a college-based experience for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. E4Texas provides an opportunity to obtain skills and experiences needed to transition into competitive, integrated employment including career awareness and self advocacy. E4Texas debuts in the Summer of 2018. We need your help to get the E4Texas off to a successful start!
E4Texas provides a college experience at the University of Texas at Austin for people with or without disabilities, who have graduated from high school (or have a GED), and who want to be a Personal Care Attendant.
The E4Texas experience combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences in addition to independent living and self-determination skills.
E4Texas has three goals.
- Educate Texans to gain employment skills, as well as professional and independent living skills.
- Empower Texans to become self-determined & independent.
- Employ Texans in the area of Personal Care Attendants and related fields, and who will in life!
E4Texas includes three semesters starting in Summer 2018.
Semester 1: 4-week Summer - Bridge to Career (B2C)
- Students live on campus at University of Texas at Austin and learn independent living and self-determination skills. Students must pass B2C to move forward in E4Texas.
Semester 2: E4Texas: Educate. Empower. Employ. Excel.
- Students go to classes on the University of Texas campus and at community partner organizations. The Fall semester builds on the skills learned in the summer and adds the Personal Care Attendant classes. E4Texas Fall semester combines classroom instruction with practical career building experiences.
Semester 3: Spring - Internship
- Students participate in internships in the community as well as maintaining community involvement and some classes.
After successful completion of all three semesters, E4Texas students receive a Certificate of Completion from the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.