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UHD, H.E.A.R.T Launching Workforce Development Program

$1.1M Grant Supporting Initiative Helping Adults with I/DD Reenter Workforce

It’s been one year since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston, Galveston and surrounding communities. Many area residents continue to rebuild their homes and lives. For others, employment after Harvey remains a challenge, but a new initiative funded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council will support workforce training and education.

HGAC recently awarded two grants totaling $1.1 million to the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and the Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Program to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities rejoin the workforce and continue to recover from Harvey.

Through this grant, UHD’s Center for Public Service and Community Research and H.E.A.R.T developed a Continuing Education Certificate Program to help community members advance their education and gain career-building skills. Program participants will attend on-campus classes, participate in on-campus internships, off-campus externships, and final capstone projects prior to graduation. Students will be paired with UHD student mentors, who will provide guidance and support during a three-semester course of study.

“We're grateful for this funding from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and excited about partnering with UHD to offer new opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities in our community,” said Jane Borochoff, executive director of H.E.A.R.T. “This partnership will afford individuals the opportunity to earn a continuing education certificate from UHD and also provide a meaningful workforce experience.”

The program will accommodate up to 80 students and begin on Monday, Sept. 24.

“This project exemplifies what our Center stands for—partnering with the community to initiate and develop collaborative relationships that bring about positive change and facilitates community-based research,” said Steven Villano, director of UHD’s Center for Public Service & Community Research.

To apply for the program, contact H.E.A.R.T. at 713-692-4278 or email Shyra Baron at sbaron@heartprogram.org. For additional information contact, Steven Villano, director, Center for Public Service & Community Research at 713-226-5244 or villanos@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.