Project Venture

As a student with a disability, considering college comes with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. RCPD invites you to join us for a unique on-campus, pre-college experience. Project Venture offers the chance to “try on” university life through an interactive experience here at MSU. RCPD hosts the Project Venture program thanks to the generous contributions of the Wochholz Endowment, which encourages students with disabilities to pursue higher education at an inclusive university such as MSU.

A PV RA shows students technology they can use at the RCPD. A PV student meets with a specialist for a needs assessment. Venture students work on a project together.

At Project Venture you will:

  • Talk directly with current MSU students with disabilities who have “been there” and understand the journey
  • Consult with university disability specialists to gain skills for college
  • Experience the latest assistive technology through breakout sessions
  • Attend a college class, stay overnight, and connect with other high school students with disabilities 
  • Become aware of self-advocacy skills and resources for a successful transition to higher education

Explore the possibilities, design your future, and commit to success: It’s in your hands!

Please take note that the program fills quickly. The application system will close after 50 applications have been submitted. 20 participants will be accepted based on the quality of the submissions.


Who can apply?

College-bound high school students between the ages of 16-18 who have a disability. We accept students with a range of disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blindness/Visual impairment, Brain Injury, Chronic Health, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit, Mobility Disability, and Psychiatric Disabilities.

When is Project Venture?

June 23-26, 2019. Programming will begin Sunday evening and run through Wednesday afternoon.

What is the cost of Project Venture?

$200.00. If this program cost presents financial hardship or prohibits your participation, please contact us for individual funding consideration.

Where do I stay? What do I eat?

Participants will stay overnight in an accessible residence hall with a fellow student in the program. Participants will also have the assistance and supervision of an RA for the entire duration of the program. All meals (Monday breakfast through Wednesday lunch) are included in the cost of the program. If you have food-related concerns, we will work with you along with our dining staff to meet your needs.

What do I do if I need accommodations?

Through the application and registration process, students will be able to fully explain accommodations necessary for full participation in the program. We are committed to providing a meaningful experience and will work actively to accommodate your needs.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions prior to or during the program please email the Project Venture Team or call the RCPD front office. Project Venture staff will be on hand through the duration of the program, and will provide daytime and overnight supervision at all times.

 A project venture student learns about assistive technology.Project Venture students together outside of a building.

Venture in the News:

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The College Adventure, Thanks to Project Venture

The RCPD hosted college-bound high school students, inviting them to “try on” the college experience.

Project Venture Shows High Schoolers Chances for Success

Project Venture offered seven high school students a two day preview of an accessible and inclusive college experience this July.

New Venture Program Builds Capacity, Demonstrates Ability

Seven teenagers with mobility disabilities participating in a program called Project Venture visited the campus of Michigan State University in July to learn about the importance of communication, awareness, and self-advocacy in collegiate success.