UAA TAPESTRY Program
TAPESTRY Mission Statement
The purpose of the TAPESTRY Postsecondary Transition Program is to provide students (ages 18 to 26) with a disability a postsecondary college experience to develop their self-advocacy skills, social skills, and engage in career exploration that leads to employment in a career field or enrollment in a postsecondary educational program.
Two TAPESTRY Programs at UAA
There are two TAPESTRY programs available to youth on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. We recommend that students decide which program best suits their goals, it’s likely that they won’t complete both programs.
1) TAPESTRY Summer Academy
The Summer Academy meets on a staggered schedule over the summer with classroom activities, a service learning project, and placement in a work experience. Our target audience for the TAPESTRY Summer Academy is a student who is finishing their junior year of high school and who has been on an IEP or 504 plan, or struggles with academics. Enrollment is on a first-come basis.
2) TAPESTRY Workforce Credential
Students earn the Bridge to Independence through Career Readiness Workforce Credential when they complete the six TAPESTRY classes (usually in two semesters). Students will participate in employment and/or enrollment in an additional postsecondary program after earning their credential. Students are selected with a competitive interview process.
TAPESTRY History at UAA
The TAPESTRY program at UAA was established in the College of Health, Center for Human Development in 2010 with a federal Department of Education TIPSID grant. 45 students have participated in the Workforce Credential program, 9 of those either moved or found the program was not a good fit for them. 28 have graduated from the initial 2 year program, and 3 finished in May of 2016 in the revised one year program. 4 entered that one year program in the fall 2016 semester.
In 2015 we offered our first TAPESTRY Summer Academy on the UAA campus. 14 students attended that program and completed class activities, a service learning project, and job experiences all over Anchorage. Eight students completed the 2016 Summer Academy and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offered financial support to both groups through the Pre-Employment Transition Services Program.
We are proud of all of our successful students. One of the UAA TAPESTRY success stories was featured on the Think College web site.
In 2016, there are 249 college programs for students with intellectual disabilities listed on the Think College web site!
We also invite appropriate students attending other UAA degree programs to enroll in one or more of our TAPESTRY classes.
TAPESTRY = Transition and Postsecondary Education/Employment: Students, Technology, Relationships and YOU
TAPESTRY Student Services Coordinator
We are located on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in the Professional Studies Building (PSB), Suite 212. PSB is located on the far west side of campus (Lake Otis and Providence Drive) and is attached to the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. View the University map.
The TAPESTRY Advisory Council represent parents, students with disabilities, teachers and other school district personnel, adult service providers, state workforce development, UAA faculty and staff, and other community partners who work with the TAPESTRY students.
The Advisory Council will meet annually to review the program evaluation data, suggest changes and updates, and plan activities to ensure close alignment between the services of the program and the requirements for a Title V Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary Program.
TAPESTRY AC Conference Call Information: