Now it’s time to spread that information to underserved rural school districts across the state through a new academic program designed to support professional educators in those districts as they work to ease the transition for that same category of students.
WCU’s Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education, and Kelly Kelley, associate professor of inclusive and special education, will be using a new five-year $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund an online master’s degree program called “Roads to Learning and Earning.”
All graduates will be expected to fulfill service obligation agreements to work as special education teachers, transition specialists or related service providers in rural school districts.
Above: Former University Participant Program student Paige Soderman is spotted playing her guitar in her room at Blue Ridge Hall earlier this year. Soderman completed the program last May and is now working in the bakery at the Publix grocery store in Asheville. Improving outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities in regards to employment and independent living is the focus of a new grant-funded academic program at WCU.