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WCU University Participant (UP) Program

Contact: Kelly Kelley, Program Director
Mailing Address: Western Carolina University
120 Killian Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone Number: 828-227-3297

Fax Number: 828-227-7021

Email Address:
Web Address:
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

Location: No traveling required. All volunteer activities available on WCU campus.

Program Description: The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disability. The goal of the program is to facilitate UP students' transition from secondary school to adult life with education, employment, and independent living. UP students live in on-campus residence halls distributed throughout university under the same university policies that apply to all WCU students. On-campus life is fully integrated and inclusive. There are no separate facilities, settings, or classes for UP students. WCU undergraduate students are recruited to provide paid and unpaid support to facilitate UP Students living on campus, attending classes, engaging in social and recreational activities, becoming involved in student organizations, and developing friendships.

Training: The UP Program will provide training if necessary, depending upon involvement with UP students.

Time Commitment: Flexible hours.

Skills, Experience, and Special Requirements: Volunteers are subject to a criminal background check as needed.

Volunteer Involvement: Volunteers will assist with leisure, recreational, academic, employment and residential activities on the WCU campus with University students. Must be willing and patient to work with individuals with disabilities.
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