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Brooke Nakagawa

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Program Details

Pathway Sequential Program in Learning and Life Skills


Using the resources of a world-class learning environment at UCLA, Pathway's aim is to help young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities prepare to lead productive lives in their communities. We believe that everyone has the right to realize his or her possibilities through higher education and lifelong learning. Pathway supports our students so they have a high quality educational experience within the UCLA community to foster learning, establish friendships, build self-confidence and work towards achieving their goals.

Pathway uses a "learn by doing" approach. Our curriculum is based on a well-rounded liberal arts education, including the arts, sciences and humanities in combination with opportunities to develop essential skills for living independently and future employment. Pathway promotes self-advocacy and uses individualized support to accommodate the different learning styles of students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

The expected results for Pathway students are:

1. Enhanced Academic Skills: Expand academic skills, to set a foundation for lifelong learning.
2. Career Development: Identify career goals and participate in activities that support future employment.
3. Independence: Achieve an increased level of independence and participation in community activities.
4. Social Competence: Increase social competence by developing personal social and work relationships.
5. Self-Advocacy: Practice self-advocacy and self-determination in academic and daily living.
6. Healthy Living: Assess one's own health needs, and actively engage in a healthy lifestyle.
7. Self-Enrichment: Pursue self-enrichment activities that match personal goal.

Each student must create a portfolio before graduating from the program. An advisor will help students put together their portfolio in creative ways. The portfolio can be something written, a video, a recording, art work, a lecture, or performance. The portfolio is intended to show the interests, skills and accomplishments of the individual over their course of study in the Pathway program.


  • SU=Summer
  • FA=Fall
  • WI=Winter
  • SP=Spring
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Student must complete and additional two courses of independent study.

Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. This, as well as other information, is listed below.


Contact: Brooke Nakagawa, (310) 794-4341 or nakagawa@unex.ucla.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Restricted
VA Approved?: No
Federal Financial Aid Available: Yes
   Level of Support (Graduate/Undergrad): U
   Maximum quarter/terms of support: 8
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: No
Internships Available: No
Program ID: TT310

Four Year On-time Completion Rate: 79%

2014-2015 Information:
Number of students completing program: 7
Number of students completing on time: 7
Title IV median loan debt: $0.00
Private loan median loan debt: $0.00

The occupations that this program prepares students to enter are listed below. To view the occupational profile for each of these occupations click here and enter the SOC code.

Occupation Name SOC Code
Teacher Assistants 25-9041.00
Personal Care Aides 39-9021.00
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 25-2051.00

Additional Information

Please note: counseling and application fees, if any, are not refundable, and may be renewable if completion is not attained by the estimated normal progress as determined by your advisor. Students may be subject to retroactive assessment of counseling fees if course work is already underway.

All programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension reserves the right to amend its training curricula by providing course substitutions that in the opinion of our staff are of equal or enhanced educational value. Within the temporal limits covered by counseling fees, students are entitled to complete programs with the curriculum substantively fixed as of the date they enroll.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges ( WASC ). The courses within this program have been developed and are administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California .

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