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Sooner Works

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Sooner Works

What is Sooner Works?

The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Works is a comprehensive integrated program for students with an intellectual or developmental disability who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus. Sooner Works started the fall of  2019. The program is a four-year certificate program offering a college experience to prepare participants for competitive employment and independent living through a combination of coursework and career exploration. Students in Sooner Works live on campus and take traditional university courses in conjunction with courses specific to Sooner Works. In addition, students participate in internships and social organizations on the beautiful University of Oklahoma campus.

Sooner Works participants possess the following characteristics:

  • Basic functional understanding of literacy (writing/composition) and reading skills
  • Basic mathematics understanding and ability to use a calculator 
  • Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time 
  • No severe behavior or emotional problems 
  • Ability to handle and adapt to change; is not overly stressed when things change 
  • Potential to be successful in competitive employment situations 
  • Desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program 
  • Between the ages of 18-26 at the start of the program 
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Apply to the Sooner Works Program

Application Information

The 2023-2024 application was released on October, 15 2022.

Applications are due February 1, 2023.

Early admission considerations are December 1, 2022.

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Donation Information

Currently, Sooner Works is completely funded through program fees paid by participants. Our plan is to grow this program slowly and organically; however, we can reach more students with your help! If you are interested in contributing to the Sooner Works program, please use the link below to donate. All donations are tax deductible and will go toward program growth and student scholarships.

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