2021 Program Schedule available here.

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/resume classes at a college of choice. ELeVATE participants work closely with vocational coordinators to ensure that 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, if not currently enrolled, 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.


2021 ELeVATE Projects

Past Projects

Summer 2021 Program Schedule 



In Our Students' Words

ELeVATE is funded through the generous support of HERL's EngagePitt campaign and the Disabled Veterans National Trust Fund.

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