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Meet Two UP
Program Graduates

David Maennle Graduation

David Maennle is a UP Program graduate (2011-2013)from Andrews, NC. At WCU he studied emergency care and worked with the athletic department and facilities management. Upon graduating, David was employed by Graham County Emergency Services where he interned during his final semester at college. His interests include karaoke and exercise. David still strives to own a log home, a Ford pickup truck with a dog box, and a blue tick hound.

 

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley is from Waynesville, N.C. He was a participant in the UP Program at WCU from 2007 through 2009. During the school year, he works as a consultant and mentor in the UP Program. Michael talks to the participants about how their day is going, sees if he can he helps them in any way, or helps them if they are having any problems. In the summer, he works with the Special Education Program on the Severe Disabilities Grant. Michael enjoys watching NASCAR races and going to football games. He enjoys his job and hopes to continue working with the UP Program and the Severe Disabilities Grant as long as he can.

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UP featured in Magazine of Western Carolina University (March 2011)

WCU to get $2.5M grant for UP Program (Oct. 2010)

WCU Seeks Applicants with Developmental Disabilities for UP Program

 


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History

2007
The WCU UP Program began as an idea in a graduate-level class taught by Dr. David Westling addressing inclusive programs and services for individuals with disabilities beyond high school. A student in the class, Kelly Kelley, took the idea of the program and worked with Westling to make the program a reality at WCU. A pilot program began in fall 2007 with one participant, Michael Beasley.

2008-2009
The pilot program expanded to include another participant, Gary Small. Michael Beasley received the first UP Certificate of Accomplishment in spring 2009. Gary Small received the second UP Certificate of Accomplishment in spring 2010.

2010-2011
The UP Program received a three-year, $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation School-to-Community Transition Project in collaboration with the Arc of Haywood County to serve four participants, connecting them to more than 80 WCU student volunteers and dedicated UP Faculty and Staff.
The UP Program received a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant through the Office of Postsecondary Education to serve as a model demonstration program and serve eight participants and create satellite programs at community colleges and universities across North Carolina.

2012

In May, 2012, Corey Hambrick, Aaron Hoefs, Anna-Grace Davis, and Elizabeth Pritchett graduated from WCU with a UP Certificate of Accomplishment.

UP 2012 Graduation

2013

In May, 2013, Anna Joyner, Lexie Kurrimbukus, and David Maennle participated in an inclusive graduation ceremony in WCU's Ramsey Center. All three met the necessary requirements to earn the UP Certificate of Accomplishment.

UP 2013 Graduation

UP Program Purpose

The WCU University Participant Program is designed to provide a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities. The program is limited to four new participants per year, with a maximum enrollment of eight participants. During the two-year period, participants are expected to complete requirements for receiving a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on the successful completion of an Individual Plan for College Participation.

 University Participants are not eligible for an undergraduate or graduate degree from the university and are not eligible to earn college credit. They are permitted to audit individual courses as part of their UP Program and required to pay appropriate fees for these courses as well as other university costs (i.e., housing, meal plan, student activities, etc).  

Program Outcomes

The UP Certificate of Accomplishment is awarded after a two-year period based on satisfactory completion of five program components. These components include the following:

  • Personal development skills (e.g., communication skills, personal care skills, self-determination, etc.)
  • Community participation skills (e.g., using public transportation, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc.)
  • Vocational preparation skills (e.g., learning specific job skills on or off campus)
  • Social participation and learning (e.g., participating in university functions such as athletic events, belonging to university clubs or organizations)
  • Course auditing (e.g., auditing three to four courses per semester) Participants must pay current university fees for auditing courses.

At the completion of the two-year period, participant will be eligible for a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of 1,800 hours of learning activities over a four-semester period (450 hours per semester)
  • Achievement of at least 80 percent of the objectives per semester within each component of the IPCP
  • Recommendation for a UP Certificate of Accomplishment by the UP coordinator and the UP Program Steering Committee
 

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