VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success “bridge” courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.
My name is Ashley Newell and I am a Transition Advocate with Mounting Horizons, a nonprofit that serves senior citizens and individuals with Disabilities in Galveston County. We are one of 27 Centers for Independent Living in the state of Texas, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion for people with disabilities and seniors within their communities.
Some of our services include:
ADA Accessible Transportation- servicing Galveston County, Webster, Friendswood, Seabrook, Alvin, and the Clear Lake Area.
Advocacy- Assisting people with questions about Social Security would be an example
Employment/Vocational Training- We are an ESP (Employment Service Provider) and receive referrals from Texas Workforce Commission to assist individuals with gaining competitive employment.
I&R (Information and Referrals)- Help locating Prescription assistance, rental/utility assistance, or performing research based on expressed needs.
ILS- Independent Living Skills Classes- can include: cooking, how to budget, computer classes, and other life skills
TAP- Transition to Adulthood Program- for youth 14-22 years of age.
YAAL- Young Adult Advocates Leadership Club- Youth with disabilities 14-22 learn how to self-advocate, gain leadership skills, and to advocate for the increased inclusion of people with disabilities within their community.
Social/Recreational Opportunities- With all classes and events, these are currently via Zoom during the Pandemic. In the past, we’ve gone on trips to venues, baseball games, photography outings, etc.
The STRIVE program at Avvin Community College offers a 2 year college experience and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities. These individuals will work on resume building skills, interviewing skills, life skills for independence and involvement in local community, and vocational training in (but not limited to) basic health care, basic animal care, and horticulture with the end goal of obtaining a job. Upon completing the program, graduates will receive a certificate of completion. Limited seats available. Total Tuition (as of 2014) is $9480
For more information contact Rhonda Boone at 281.756.3805 or email [email protected].