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WCU University Participant (UP) Program

Contact: Kelly Kelley, Program Director
Mailing Address: Western Carolina University
205 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 University Participant (UP) Program is designed to provide a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for persons with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25. The goal of the program is to facilitate the transition of UP students from secondary school to adult life. During the two year period, UP students are expected to complete requirements for receiving a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on successful completion of an Individual Plan for College Participation. Many of the activities and goals for this certificate involve participation in various activities (i.e. social, academic, vocational, personal, community) that are individually designed to address specific interests and future goals related to education, independent living, and employment for each participant.

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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