Project Aspire

Through Project Aspire, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) or a related learning or cognitive disorder can:

  • Take classes to improve academic, computer literacy, career readiness, and soft skills.
  • Earn a Continuing Education Skills Award.
  • Get access to a career skills development specialist for employment support.
  • Gain support with transition into career training or credit programs.


The Project Aspire Program is free to qualifying students.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 18-28 years old
  • Finished high school with or without a diploma
  • Acceptable documentation of an IDD diagnosis or related disorder (High School documentation is acceptable.)
  • Complete the Project Aspire Admissions Process

When completing the interest form, select the choice that says, "I may need assistance paying for courses and would like to see if I qualify for help (WorkReadyU)." Then select "Fast Track Career Planning and Continuing Education" for Program Interest. Finally, choose "Project Aspire (IDD)."

Course Information

By attending specific courses, you’ll gain valuable career skills that will provide greater work opportunities, leading to higher levels of self-determination.


Academic Skills

Business English, business math, literacy and improved reading skills, rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing.


Business Skills

Customer service, fundamental computer skills, time management techniques, organization, decision making, goal setting and critical thinking.


Career Exploration

Career aptitude assessments, job search procedures, resume creation and interview skills.


Soft Skills

Professionalism in the workplace, interpersonal skills, communication, workplace civility, work habits, teamwork, business etiquette and appropriate attire.


Upon completion of the courses, students will earn a Continuing Education Skills Award. This award will help students become more marketable in the workforce, helping them secure employment.

Get started today by completing the Project Aspire interest form.


To learn more, email or call 972-860-4325.

Project Aspire is funded by the Perkins Equitable Access and Opportunity Grant.