Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering (ELeVATE) program is designed to re-integrate veterans to college based on a three-phased approach.

Phase I:

Participants complete a ten-week paid research experience, complete a team project, learn 21st century skills in workshops, and prepare to begin classes at a college of choice. ELeVATE participants work closely with vocational coordinators to ensure that the adequate supports are in place for their academic success. During this time, ELeVATE students are offered housing and other family assistance.

Phase II:

Participants continue to refine their academic interests and apply for a formal program at the University of Pittsburgh or an institution of their choice.

Phase III:

Participants enroll in a university and prepare to graduate from the ELeVATE program. However, the support system does not end here! ELeVATE students stay connected to their cohort through study groups and other support groups. Program participants are encouraged to remain connected to the program by serving as mentors to new ELeVATE participants.

Want to learn more? Watch this ELeVATE Information Session (recorded live in January, 2013).


Sample Projects

Tentative Schedule



In Our Students' Words

Voices of ELeVATE

Support for this program is provided by the National Science Foundation, Grant # EEC 1232336.

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