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College Resources

Workforce Solutions Lower Rio (Serving Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr Counties)

Provides job seekers with information on local community events to help align them with the right career. Links to child care assistance, education services, employer services and much more. Local labor marker information and in-demand jobs are also available on this website. Visit the nearest location.

Adult Education and Literacy and GED Preparation

If you or someone you know is interested in enhancing their basic skills such as reading and/or writing, would like to learn more English- or would like receive their GED, visit this link for more information!

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Previously known as DARS)

TWS-VRS provides a variety of services that assist eligible people with disabilities (youth and adults) in preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in competitive integrated employment.

Contact Information:
TWS-VRS
801 W Nolana Ave, McAllen, TX 785004
956-661-5480

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the national form used to apply for financial aid for college or grad school.

Texas On Course

“Your source for college and career preparations”; TexasOnCourse guides students starting in middle school to explore college and career options.

Texas OnCourse Transition Services For Students With Disabilities

Create an account and log in to the Texas OnCourse Academy and click the new “specialties” content area to access transition resources and information that can help students with disabilities. 

Scholarships for Student with Disabilities

When attending college, financial assistance is greatly needed. Click on this link to search for scholarships aimed at helping individuals out with specific disabilities.

Scholarships.com

If you scroll down to bottom of the page you will find multiple scholarships aimed at assisting individuals with disabilities. Links are also provided to search the scholarship database.

NTACT (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition)

Search a variety of topics to guide through the Transition Planning, Graduation Process, Post-School success and more for individuals with disabilities. You also have the option to download toolkits that provide step-by-step guidance and resources on specific topics such as competitive integrated employment, transition assessment, and information on hosting a transition fair.

Think College

Across the United States, there are colleges that offer specific programs for individuals with disabilities. Select the state you would like information on and learn about these programs.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.

 

Local Post-Secondary and Training

Region One Education Service Center

Our local education service center offers workshops, trainings, and information to those who work in the school districts or who have students in the region. Their Special Education Program ensures students are being provided the best education and provided the best resources in the school system.

University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley (Student Accessibility Services)

Mission: “Student Accessibility Services exists to facilitate students’ equal access to university programs and services, promote student learning and development, foster independence and self-advocacy, and provide leadership to the campus on disability issues.”

Contact Information:
Brownsville - Cortez 129
Ph. 956-882-7374, Fax 956-882-7861

Edinburg - University Center 108
Ph. 956-665-7005, Fax 956-665-3840
Email: ability @ utrgv.edu

South Texas College (Student Disability Services)

Students or prospective students requiring special accommodations should contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) office at 956-872-2173. Accommodation requests must be in writing. Students are required to provide documentation to verify his/her disability before accommodations are provided. Accommodations may include: “assessment for special needs, academic advisement, short-term personal counseling, assistance with the admission process, registration, financial aid application, applications for TSI testing accommodations, academic appeals, arrangements for sign language interpreters, tutorial assistance, the use of provision of adaptive equipment, readers, scribes, instructional/testing/classroom modifications, liaison between students, faculty, staff and others, and referral services to other South Texas College departments or outside service providers.”

Contact Information:
Pecan Campus: 956-872-2173
Mid-Valley Campus: 956-872-1229
Starr County Campus: 956-488-5853
Nursing and Allied Health Campus: 956-872-3077
Technology Campus: 956-872-6125

Texas State Technical College (Harlingen- Disability Services)

“Texas State Technical College follows Section 504 of the National Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which deals with nondiscrimination of disabled students in post-secondary settings and the Americans with Disabilities Act. TSTC makes reasonable and appropriate accommodations to meet the individual educational needs of students with disabilities thereby allowing them equal access to post-secondary education.”

Contact Information:
Harlingen Support Services
Student Services Bldg. EK, Room 216
1902 N. Loop 499
Harlingen, Texas 78550
956-364-4520
TTY: 956-364-4526

Texas A & M (McAllen Campus- Department of Disability Services)

Disability Services offers accommodations coordination, evaluation referral, disability-related information, assistive technology services, sign language interpreting and transcription services for academically related purposes. Although Disability Services does not offer disability evaluation and/or testing, tutoring, personal expenses, attendants or scholarships, Disability Services will provide resources and referral information.

Contact Information:
6200 Tres Lagos Blvd., McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 271-1300
TX.AG/HECM
http://admissions.tamu.edu/freshman/apply-mcallen