What is Project WOLVES?

Project WOLVES is the University of West Georgia’s Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program. Project WOLVES, housed in the College of Education, is a Comprehensive Transition Program that provides students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience.

The Project WOLVES Experience

The goal of Project WOLVES is to help students with intellectual disabilities to be as independent as possible in their adult lives. Project WOLVES is a two-year (4 semester) inclusive program that provides students with educational opportunities to develop skills in the areas of academics, socialization, employment readiness, and independence. Using a person-centered planning approach, Project WOLVES students engage in education that specifically targets individual interests and needs related to academic and social development, employment skills, self- advocacy skills, and independent living skills.

Opportunities: All general student services, academic services, and social events available at UWG are open and accessible to Project WOLVES students. Upon graduation from Project WOLVES, students will be better prepared to enter the world of competitive employment. Students will have learned work readiness skills, employability skills, social skills, and academic skills.

Learning: Students participating in Project WOLVES audit courses offered at UWG's campus in Carrollton, Georgia. The core classes in the program provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace and beyond.

Volunteering: Project WOLVES students are involved in volunteer activities both on-campus and throughout the greater Carrollton community. These volunteer experiences provide meaningful experiences that can expand the students’ interests, as well as help build crucial employment skills.

Employment: Project WOLVES students partake in supervised internships related to the their career goals in settings with individuals without disabilities. Each student has targeted experiences and supports that help build their resume, as well as develop crucial vocational skills that will help them obtain competitive, integrated employment.

Socializing: Project WOLVES utilizes a peer mentoring system to facilitate natural supports for social inclusion. Facilitating natural supports and inclusion within the social aspect of college life may include helping students identify extracurricular activities he or she may be interested in pursuing, determining how to balance social and academic life, and fostering friendships with students who have similar interests. Peer mentors are incorporated into multiple aspects of students’ daily campus life, including involvement in events, clubs, and activities.

Who should apply for Project WOLVES?

Students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and are eager to continue their education to learn employment, independent living, and self-determination skills. Project WOLVES accepts students annually for the Fall semester of each academic year.

For additional information and application materials, please contact Dr. Rachel Tullis at projetwolves@westga.edu.

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“The University of West Georgia Project WOLVES is funded partially by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Grant #P407A150079”