University Participant Program

Austrian contingent visits campus to learn about WCU’s UP Program

With plans to start a similar program at their school, representatives from an Austrian teachers college spent a day-and-a-half on the Western Carolina University campus to get a close look at the University Participant Program, WCU’s two-year, on-campus living-and-learning experience for college-age adults with intellectual disabilities.

WCU hosts discussion on inclusion

After having a University Participant Program student in her classroom for the first time last year, Vicki Faircloth, a Western Carolina University associate professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, told colleague David Westling, “This is fabulous. We need to do more. We need to reach out to schools.” It was her first experience with the inclusion of a special needs student.
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UP Program honorees celebrate accomplishments

The first cohort of four University Participant Program students at Western Carolina University celebrated successfully completing requirements to earn an UP Certificate of Accomplishment from Educational Outreach on Friday, April 27, with a graduation ceremony and cookout in which they learned about disc golf.