Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University Announces a New Funded Grant

October 6, 2021

The "I Generate Rural Opportunities for Work" (iGROW) Project is a one-year pre-employment and leadership-training program for students with disabilities who are currently enrolled in middle school and high school (ages 14-22). The purpose of the program is to provide a training environment to support students with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences in work readiness in order to successfully transition into postsecondary education and/or competitive integrated employment.

The program focuses primarily on four of the five core Pre-ETS areas, which include:

  • Counseling in post-secondary educational programs or college level courses
  • Job Exploration Counseling
  • Workplace Readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy

iGROW aims to provide students with disabilities pre-employment training and workplace readiness activities that will produce at least 20 students with disabilities within the rural area with pre-employment skills. In addition, the iGROW project will serve as a demonstration and model of pre-employment training for rural areas that can lead to change while advancing pre-employment training for rural youth at the state level.
The first cohort will be in Lee County, Texas. Our partners include the local schools, families, businesses, and Texas Workforce Commission.

For more information, please contact Dr. Meagan Orsag at [email protected]