Project F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a post-secondary college program for Southern Nevada's young adults ages 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Using evidence-based research, positive behavior support, and person-centered planning, the program provides students with an inclusive, accessible, and productive career education program.
The program, staffed largely by volunteers, aims to provide participants:
- Inclusive academics
- Job readiness
- Paid and competitive employment
- Independent living opportunities
- Socialization opportunities
Students in the program can earn an Occupational and Career Life Studies Certificate (OCLSC) or a Certificate of Participation. Here is a look at the 2020-21 graduates:
Fall 2020 Graduates
Solade Jonathan Adams
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Solade was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age three. He demonstrated resilience and determination at a very young age. Solade received a two-year OCLSC in Hospitality Management and interned at the Fertitta Football Complex Kitchen at UNLV. He is a music-lover and self-taught keyboardist who also plays the piano, guitar, and drums. Since he's an outgoing person, it is not surprising that his best memories include time spent with everyone at Project F.O.C.U.S.
Michael completed a four-year OCLSC in hospitality management. During his time in Project F.O.C.U.S., he completed internships at the Performing Arts Center, Starbucks, and the Fertitta Football Complex Kitchen. Michael is an outgoing and positive person. Some of his favorite moments as a college student include cheering with the UNLV Rebels in the student section for the basketball and football games.
Connor Whitehead is a Las Vegas native who received a Certificate of Participation with an emphasis in hospitality management and athletics. Currently, he is pursuing his goal of working in the health and fitness industry and at Amazon. He is an outgoing and optimistic person – qualities that any employer would find valuable.
Spring 2021 Graduates
Brittany received a four-year OCLSC in hospitality management. During her time in the program, Brittany interned at the Rebel Grounds coffee shop and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Brittany is a kind and outgoing individual. She enjoys working out, dancing, and spending time with friends.
Kayla received a four-year OCLSC in early childhood education. She worked at the UNLV/CSUN Preschool for the duration of her time. She loves working with children and helping others. A big sports fan who loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kayla volunteered with the UNLV softball team, where she shared her love of sports with her fellow Rebels.
Aubrey Jorgensen will be receiving a four-year OCLSC in fine arts and hospitality management. She worked with the UNLV Rebel Girls, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and the Fertitta Football Complex Kitchen. She also served as a manager for the UNLV Women’s Volleyball team for three seasons. Aubrey exudes confidence and enjoys musicals, eating at Panda Express, and cheering for the Rebels.