Postsecondary Programs in Tennessee
Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. The goal of the program is to broaden the career options and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in inclusive, age-appropriate settings. It also is a comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program, which means students may be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs.
Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) includes 27 campuses across the state. The TTC at Nashville has partnered with the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program to enroll students with intellectual disabilities who are interested in pursuing supplemental certificates in approved technical training areas. To determine if training opportunities like this exist in your area, contact LeAnn Blevins
TigerLIFE at The University of Memphis will is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. The TigerLIFE program is administered by the University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID) whose purpose is to assist people with physical and developmental disabilities find meaningful and lasting employment.
University of Tennessee FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program is designed as a two-year nonresidential program culminating in a University of Tennessee FUTURE Program Vocational Certificate and job placement. The program provides individualized academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills to students ages 18-29 with intellectual disabilities and autism in east Tennessee who completed high school without earning a regular high school diploma.