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Pellissippi’s UPEP Program Offers Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

by Courtney Frederick, ASK Technical Writing Intern

In 2014, Pellissippi State Community College was awarded a five year, federal grant through the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy. With this award, Pellissippi State started the Universal Pathways to Employment Project (UPEP), whose goal is to support students with disabilities and help students obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree, internships, and career field employment.

To be eligible for UPEP, participants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in an Applied Technical Program at Pellissippi State. (Here is the link for these programs). Students must also be 14-24 years of age and have a documented disability condition and be registered with Disability Services.

UPEP provides many different services and resources. There is Academic Coaching, where coaches help students with math and reading skills, studying, time-management, organizational, and self-advocacy skills. Coaches for Career Coaching help students with job readiness, communication, career planning, resume and cover letter writing, and job search training.

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