University Participant Program seeks applicants

Western Carolina University is seeking applicants for the next class of its University Participant Program, which offers a two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-age persons with intellectual disabilities.

The goal of the UP Program is to facilitate transition from secondary school to adult life through education, employment and independent living. WCU undergraduate students are recruited and trained to provide paid and unpaid support services, such as attending classes with program participants, engaging them in social and recreational activities, and helping them with on-the-job training.

UP Program participants must be between 18 and 25 years old and also have been enrolled in a high school special education program.

Applications for the fall 2013 are due by Saturday, Dec.1. The application fee, which is nonrefundable, is $50.

Interested applicants and their families are encouraged to attend WCU’s Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs and extracurricular opportunities, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

Registration for Open House and more information is available at the website or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.

For more information about the UP Program, visit the website, or contact program coordinator Kelly Kelley at telephone 828-227-3297 or via email at