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Career Academy for Students with Disabilities

Power Up your summer with workshops focusing on job exploration, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for post-secondary education or training, workplace readiness training, and instruction on self advocacy. Held on the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina, this event will provide you with instruction and activities to prepare you for success in employment. Three separate sessions of workshops will be offered. Students will stay on-campus 4 days and 3 nights in one of the University’s premiere residence halls.

Power Up 2019

  • Session 1 – Saturday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 25                             
  • Session 2 – Saturday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 9                     
  • Session 3 – Saturday, July 27 – Tuesday, July 30

For qualified participants, there is no cost to attend the workshop.          

  • Must currently receive services from the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department.
  • Must be a South Carolina resident currently residing in South Carolina.
  • Must be aged 16-21
  • Must be in an educational program for the school year 2019 – 2020 or a 2019 graduate.
  • Must complete and submit the application no later than May 22, 2019 for Session 1 and by May 31, 2019 for session 2 and 3. 
  • Must have transportation to and from the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina to drop off your student Saturday and pick up your student on Tuesday.  This is a residential program.
Applications for 2019 have closed and are no longer available.
  • Make sure the application is completed fully and correctly
  • If under 18, application must be signed by family (Legal Guardian i.e. Parent, Family Member, Etc.);
  • If over 18 and do not have a legal guardian, applicant must sign application.  
  • Application must be postmarked by May 22, 2019.
  • Applications may be mailed to:

Power Up
C/O Continuing Education & Conferences
University of South Carolina 
Close Hipp Building, Suite 591
1705 College Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208


For more information or if you have questions call 803-777-9444 or email us at

"Power Up Career Academy offers workshops for Pre-Employment Transition Services  (Pre-ETS) from the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department in conjunction with the University of South Carolina."

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