"The UP Program is wonderful for supporting and providing skills to individual needs of participants to be more self-sufficient and involved in the community."
Lisa Wilson, Student Mail Services
UP students develop work and social skills in part-time employment through university offices, internships in university and community settings, and working in specific settings that lead to post-UP Program employment. UP students work approximately 10 hours a week in on-campus jobs. Work tasks are identified by the employers within those settings. The UP Program collaborates with Vocational Rehabilitation and The Arc of Haywood County to help students transition back into the community with competitive employment and chosen independent living arrangements.
Resources for Community Employers and Internship Supervisors
- Learn more about the benefits of Supported and Customized Employment (PDF) and how it works.
- The Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) is an organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities find meaningful employment. Their HR Connect Initiative is available to help businesses prepare and implement customized employment for individuals with disabilities.
- Task Analysis (PDF and docx) is a valuable tool in job settings. It helps individuals with disabilities break down and sequence a complex task so that it is easier to complete. The UP career development coordinator is available to assist with planning and implementing task analysis as needed.
- The internship and community employment evaluation (PDF) is used to evaluate work performance from employers during midterm and final exam weeks each semester. Please complete these forms for UP students and return to the UP vocational coordinator.