Aggies Elevated is a federally designated Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) at Utah State University that offers a two-year certificate in Integrated College and Community Studies for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The certificate and curriculum were approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 2016 and are included under the accreditation of Utah State University.
As a CTP, our students are eligible to complete the FAFSA and receive certain forms of federal financial aid, including Pell grants and work-study funds. The goal of Aggies Elevated is competitive, integrated employment (at or above minimum wage) for our graduates.
As of November 12, 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 21 of our 24 graduates are employed (87.5%)! In comparison, the Utah Post High School Outcome survey reports a 48% employment rate. Think College reports that for students in federally funded Transition & Post-secondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) programs, the average employment rate is 61%. The average employment rate for a person with intellectual disabilities in general is 17%.
Several of our graduates are pursuing additional educational opportunities, including the two of the three remaining unemployed graduates. To date, one graduate has completed an associate's degree and will complete a bachelor's in general studies at USU in December 2020. Three are currently working on an associate's degree at USU. One is currently working on a bachelor's degree at another university in Utah. Two are full-time students at other inclusive post-secondary programs.
We invite you to explore our web site for more information on our program and the supports we offer to our students.
**Applications for Fall 2021 admission are OPEN! Please click on the "Admissions" link in the top navigation bar to begin.
Our students are frequently engaged in field experiences that give meaning and purpose to the curriculum.
Our students receive a wide range of supports to aid in their success, both programmatic supports and those that are available to any traditional student.