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Statement of Intention- Four Years

We are now accepting statements of intention for the 2025-2026 school year. Please outline the reason(s) your student wants to pursue an additional two years with the program. This statement of intent will serve as a request to the FUTURE staff and instructors for help with certain goals along the lines of academics, vocational experiences, and independent living skills. Admission to year three will be contingent upon an agreement on these goals between FUTURE staff, student, and family.

Upon approval, FUTURE staff will schedule a person-centered planning meeting during the spring between the student’s second year. Additionally, if not already complete, the program coordinator will meet with the student’s Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to update the Individualized Plan for Employment to include job coaching and job placement services. This meeting will require student and/or parent attendance.

Year three and four will focus on internship experience, with the student taking fewer academic classes. Each third- and fourth-year student will take career and life planning as well as at least one audit course. The rest of their academic hours will be completed in internship (up to 6 credit hours or 20 hours per week at work site). This year is primarily meant to serve as a trial run of Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE), as defined by Vocational Rehabilitation:

  • CIE is performed on a full-time or part-time basis (including self-employment) and provides equal or greater compensation for client compared to employees without disabilities.
  • CIE is at a location in the community where the person with disabilities interacts with other employees who do not have disabilities.
  • CIE presents appropriate opportunities for benefits and advancement.

Please include your response in a typed document and email it to Emma Burgin on or before April 20. For questions, email Emma Burgin or call her at 336-253-0167.

The program’s FUTURE Student Handbook Fall 2023 is available at the link