Certificate Program

2015 Application Form

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Mary Bryant at 775-682-9057 or mhbryant@unr.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

Path to Independence has admitted seven new students for Fall 2015 (August, 2015). Registration is now closed but will re-open in January 2016 for the Fall 2016 semester.

Path to Independence is a two-year, non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities who received an adjusted diploma, a certificate of attendance or the equivalent from a certified secondary school. Students must be eligible for Regional Center services and Vocational Rehabilitation services in order to be eligible for the Path to Independence program. The student should be between 18 and 25 years of age when starting the program and have basic safety skills in an unsupervised setting.

The most important qualification for Path to Independence is a desire to attend college, to be independent, and to work in competitive, integrated employment upon completion of the program. This desire should extend to the family, who will support the student in learning new skills for employment and independent living.

Exact costs for the program are determined by the number of classes and what classes are chosen. You should expect the cost to be around $4,500 per semester. Please let your VR and Regional Center service coordinator know that you are interested in applying for this program. Currently, Sierra Regional Center (SRC) pays for in-class supports for students who are clients of SRC, so it is important to apply and ve receiving services from SRC when you start Path to Independence. If you are not a client of SRC, you will be responsible for the cost of in-class supports.