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Project Panther PLUS

Project Panther PLUS is a two - year program designed to develop a well - rounded and self - sufficient young adult, aged 22 - 26, in an inclusive and supportive university community of learners who will be marketable
for competitive, integrated, and paid employment and be able to live independently upon graduation.

The principal objectives of Project Panther PLUS include:

  1. To utilize a person-centered-planning process that will enable students to establish and work toward meeting individual and program goals and objectives related to the transition domains of Career Development and Employment, Academic Enrichment, Campus and Community Engagement, Independent Living, and Self-Determination.

  2. To enhance students' community participation and development of appropriate communication, social, and self-determination skills that will empower them to become self-advocates and independent, productive members of their community.

  3. To provide students' families with the necessary information, resources, guidance, and support to facilitate their students' transition toward increased independence and employment.

  4. To provide academic and social access and support so that students may participate in classroom based (university coursework) and experiential (campus life and community integration) learning activities.

  5. To help students develop their independent living skills and achieve a healthy work/life balance through coursework and seminars/workshops centered on transition domains (e.g.., health/nutrition, technology, money management, etc.).

  6. To provide employment preparation for students as they work to develop the skills to participate in meaningful, inclusive employment opportunities on the university campus and South Florida community.