Project CASE: Connections for Academic Success and Employment

A Partnership of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research with South Plains College

In order to demonstrate how appropriate supports may help individuals with developmental disabilities complete post-secondary education and achieve employment goals, Project CASE will unite resources from each partner (Texas Tech University, South Plains College and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) to identify, recruit and retain students with developmental disabilities, ages 18-25.

John Garbutt - Project CASE
John Garbutt — a Washington state native and freshman Biology and Chemistry major at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas — is a participant in Project CASE, preparing for a career in epidemiology.

Project Description

Project CASE is a program designed to provide support for students with developmental disabilities in their pursuit of academic achievement that will lead to a student’s personal employment and career goals. Students are expected to meet the same expectations and criteria of any other qualified student attending Texas Tech University or South Plains College. This means you as a student must complete all required coursework and meet the technical requirements of your selected program. Coursework, curriculum, and/or educational programs cannot be altered or modified in any way.

Project Director: DeAnn Lechtenberger
Geographic Reach: Statewide
Area of Emphasis: Employment

State Plan Goal 2

Establish at least two programs that assist Texans with developmental disabilities to gain competitive employment and/or to increase their personal income and assets, and that continue to operate after the completion of a maximum of 3-5 years of TCDD funding.

Project Accomplishments

As of November 2012, 7 participants were enrolled at Texas Tech University and 7 more were enrolled across 3 different South Plains College campuses.