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UHD and H.E.A.R.T. Team Up To Educate and Employ Adults with I/DD H-GAC Funding Innovative Pilot Project
News Release
Friday, September 07, 2018

Applicants Needed

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and the Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Program have created an initiative to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities rejoin the workforce and continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The innovative pilot project is being funded by two recently-awarded grants totaling $1.1 million from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. 

UHD’s Center for Public Service and Community Research and H.E.A.R.T. have developed a Continuing Education Certificate Program to help those with I/DD 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.  The program will accommodate up to 80 students and will begin on Sept. 24.

“We are grateful for this funding from H-GAC 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 not only earn a continuing education certificate from UHD, it will also provide a meaningful workforce experience.”

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

Applications for the Continuing Education Certificate Program are being accepted now.  To apply for the program, please contact H.E.A.R.T. at 713-692-4278 or email Shyra Baron at For additional information, please contact, Villano at 713-226-5244 or

The H.E.A.R.T. Program was founded in 2006 to create new opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential.  H.E.A.R.T.’s mission to promote structured independence for individuals with developmental disabilities by providing innovative education, training, housing and employment programs.  H.E.A.R.T.’s philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

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