Bridge to Independence through Career Readiness
Workforce Credential

TAPESTRY students use their time on the UAA campus to develop their self-advocacy skills, social skills, and engage in career exploration that leads to employment. Some will enroll in another certificate or degree program after they complete the TAPESTRY Workforce Credential, and they will be in a good position to navigate the campus and University processes for registration, advising, financial aid, academic coaching, and student recreation.

Students earn the Bridge to Independence through Career Readiness Workforce Credential when they complete the six TAPESTRY classes (usually in two semesters). An internship in their career field is scheduled in their second semester. Students are selected after a competitive interview process. First, they must submit the TAPESTRY application and requested documents by the posted deadline for that semester.

Request your application or call (907) 786-6038 today. 

Summer Academy Application Deadline is March 20, 2020

Tapestry Fall Semester Application Deadline is April 20, 2020

Course Information & Eligibility

Basic Eligibility

  • Must have (or had) either an IEP or 504 Plan while in High School
  • Must be independent and unsupervised while on campus, with or without a support person (please note: 100% supervision is not provided).
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have a stable living environment.
  • Must have a plan for your medical needs while on campus.

Workforce Credential Courses

To complete the TAPESTRY program students will successfully complete the six required TAPESTRY pass/no pass courses listed below. Most TAPESTRY students will complete the TAPESTRY Workforce Credential in two semesters.

  • First Semester

    First Semester classes:

    DLS A010 TAPESTRY Orientation Seminar
    Provides practical experience over a four day period prior to the fall semester about campus resources including: transportation, activities, clubs, facilities, and skills needed to navigate university systems and services, with an emphasis on technology and field experiences.

    DLS A012 TAPESTRY Exploration Seminar
    Provides practice in identification of personal interests, educational and career goals using Person-Centered Planning, and other self-determination strategies through active engagement in course activities. Topics include: goal setting, self-identification of skill/personality characteristics, career exploration, calendaring, Social Security benefits identification, and work incentives planning.

    DLS A014 TAPESTRY Core Social Skills Seminar
    Development of core social skills needed to build and maintain relationships throughout the life span. Students will learn how to establish new relationships with peers and staff, and how to set and maintain personal and employment boundaries. Social interaction will be emphasized with peers in the classroom, on the UAA campus and in the workplace. Life skills will be developed including goal setting, planning, transportation, money management and personal responsibility.

    DLS A016 TAPESTRY Job Search Seminar
    Development of skills needed to choose a career field based on personal strengths and interests. Topics include: labor market research, education research, resume creation, job application and interview skills. Students will also learn about disability disclosure, reasonable accommodations, and advanced work incentives planning.

  • Second Semester

    Second Semester classes:

    DLS A018 TAPESTRY Internship
    Continuation of Exploration and Job Search courses. Students will secure an internship, paid employment or self-employment position. Course covers how to identify employment characteristics, set goals and achieve them, how to maximize long-term success, long-term employment goals and strategies needed to achieve them, self-advocacy skills and mentoring. Students will work on development of self-advocacy skills.

    DLS A024 TAPESTRY Employability Skills
    Provides practical experience to practice communication skills, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism important to employers through a service-learning project.

Apply for Tapestry

Request information and an application for the UAA TAPESTRY program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Academy and 2020 Fall Semester.