FUTURE at University of Tennessee

The FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is a two- or three-year course of study that empowers students to achieve gainful employment in the community. FUTURE is a comprehensive program that helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

The program is part of a movement to start and grow inclusive postsecondary academic programs in colleges and universities across the United States. These programs provide growth in not only vocational skills, but academic, social, emotional/behavioral, and independent-living skills as well. During the two- to three-year program, facilitators provide students with specially designed FUTURE classes, the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses, and an internship on or off campus. Also available is career and clinical counseling to help develop their academic, vocational, social, and decision-making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a vocational certificate.

Fall 2024 Application Window: October 1, 2023 – March 1, 2024

Program websitefutureut.utk.edu
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Program length2 or 3 years
Year program started2012
Housing offeredNo
Students participate in internships and other career development opportunitiesYes
Provides access to typical college courses2 or 3 per semester
Offers courses just for students in the program3 per semester
Program engages peer mentorsYes
Certified Comprehensive Transition ProgramYes