Please RSVP by clicking on the above link for the 2018 PATHS Graduation ceremony.
You can purchase your PATHS Ring from Matt Caldwell. The ring was designed by a PATHS graduate, Shelby Estlinbaum and her mother. Students interested in purchasing a ring may contact Matt for pricing and more information.
Quick Resource Links
The BVCIL is a consumer-based, consumer-controlled, cross-disability, cross-cultural, non-residential, private nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to promote the full inclusion and participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community life. BVCIL was funded in October, 2010 to address state-level priorities for providing independent living services to un-served or under-served populations in the counties of Brazos, Burleson, Madison, Robertson and Washington. They are a community-based resource center for individuals of any age with any type of disability or chronic health issue. Some of the services they provide include:
- Information & Referral - BVCIL is the "go-to" place for disability-related information in the Brazos Valley;
- Independent Living Skills Training - Classes for learning the basic skills of independence such as money, cooking and using public transportation;
- Peer Support - Connecting and sharing experiences with others to provide support and to help solve problems;
- Advocacy - Connecting people to the skills and knowledge needed to understand and exercise rights and responsibilities; and
- Transition Services - Helping individuals navigate significant life transitions -
- Relocating from a nursing home or institution into a community-based living arrangement;
- Helping individuals at risk of moving into a nursing home or institution to remain in the community; and
- Assisting young adults as they transition from high school into adulthood.
Our goal is for our students to be independent and be able to make their own life choices. In order for PATHS students to participate in the Practicum portion of the program, they are required to be able to legally sign their names on contracts. Students, whose parents or guardians have full legal guardianship, do not have the legal right to sign their name on a job application. Only applicants who are their own legal guardian are eligible to apply to the PATHS Program. To find out more information and what alternatives there are to full guardianship visit: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/news_info/publications/brochures/pub395-guardianship.pdf
There is a wide range of housing options available for PATHS students coming from other parts of Texas. Staff will assist students to locate housing options available in the College Station area as well as public transportation that is widely available throughout Bryan/College Station.
Students who are receiving support from agencies should check with their Counselor regarding funding options for housing and other living supports. There are several apartment complexes in College Station that are currently working with agencies to offer housing supports for clients.
Those students who receive Home and Community Based Services (HCS) or other Medicaid waiver services from other parts of Texas have the opportunity to transfer the housing and other community living supports from their home provider to a provider in the Bryan/College Station area.
The PATHS program is not a provider of student housing. Staff will support students to locate appropriate housing, however PATHS is not directly responsible for the supervision or oversight of housing for students.
Those students needing highly accessible housing may consider visiting the following recommended student housing facilities.
- Address: 301 George Bush Dr W, College Station, TX
Phone Number: 979-260-7700
- Address: 305 Marion Pugh, College Station, TX
Phone Number: 979-695-2300
- Address: 501 University Oaks Blvd, College Station, TX
- Phone Number: 979-694-1500
Texas A&M University is known throughout the world as an exceptional public university. A&M has deeply seeded traditions centered on service to others. PATHS students are expected to be a part of the Aggie tradition to support and serve others through participation with a Texas A&M service organization.
The PATHS certificate program will be offered on the Texas A&M University College Station campus and, although the program is not a four-year degree program, students should explore the numerous opportunities at A&M to broaden their own networks through service to others. Time will be permitted as a part of the curriculum to participate with service organizations and report these experiences back to other students in the program.
For more information about Texas A&M and Aggie Tradition, visit the university website. It is important to note that when reviewing the A&M website, admission requirements do not apply to PATHS students. Student services and other resources may also not apply to B2C students.
Tuition Assistance is available through various agencies, check with your Counselor for more information on receiving tuition assistance from agencies. Scholarships are awarded to students based on available funds. If you are not receiving funding from a third-party source, and you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact our staff to apply for a scholarship. There are a limited number of scholarships available, so priority will be given to students who apply by the priority deadline.
Where else can you find information about scholarships?
Your high school counselor or principal may be able to give you information about local scholarships. You may find scholarships sponsored by religious groups or other organizations such as the Lions Club, Rotary Club or Kiwanis. Your parent/guardian's employer may offer also scholarships.
The following websites may be helpful in finding additional information:
O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund
The National Down Syndrome Society would like to inform you of an exciting scholarship opportunity for students with Down syndrome. The application for the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is now available!
The mission of the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome – 18 and older – who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here: http://www.ndss.org/Resources/Education/College--Postsecondary-Options1/ONeill-Tabani-Enrichment-Fund/.
Please share this information with any individuals or organizations who may benefit from this fund. You may also print and distribute this promotional flyer to interested parties: http://www.ndss.org/PageFiles/6534/OTEF%20Marketing%20Doc%20(3).pdf
The Arc of Fort Bend County Scholarship (The Kathy Moody Memorial Scholarship)
The Arc of Fort Bend County strives to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We are fortunate to have a supportive community who funded a scholarship program for students with I/DD who need assistance attending continuing education programs. We believe the PATH program is an excellent model and would certainly meet the requirements of our scholarship. The funds are granted prior to classes beginning, to a student who is successfully enrolled, or, as a reimbursement for classes recently completed (as long as the student successfully completed the course).
The application is available in a fillable PDF at http://arcoffortbend.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Kathy-Moody-Memorial-Scholarship-Application-extra-.pdf
Class Video Links:
PATHS week 5 - Class P https://youtu.be/W8p0Q1Ow1JI
PATHS Week 5 - Class G https://youtu.be/WsMX36afdQk