UNC Receives $3.5 Million Federal Grant for Regional Center

The University of Northern Colorado received a five–year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish one of the nation’s 10 regional centers for vocational rehabilitation services. The Region VIII TACE project is a joint effort with community leaders in disability support at the Center for Training and Technical Assistance (CTAT), Denver Options directed by Gayann Brandenburg.

The Region VIII TACE Center at UNC will serve agencies in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah through this unique partnership of academic, governmental and community expertise.

The Technical Assistance and Continuing Education grant from the department’s Educational Rehabilitation Services Administration combines services for providing resources to state vocational rehabilitation agencies that assist people with disabilities with employment.

TACE Center activities will be designed to continuously improve vocational rehabilitation services, enhance organizational operations of agencies, broaden professional development for rehabilitation staff, enhance regional capacity of rehabilitation professionals, and fulfill the mission of rehabilitation services administration.

"We look forward to the opportunity to work together with the various entities to achieve the ultimate goal to enhance the employment outcomes of people with disabilities and to promote independence, integration and individual potential," said Scott Sabella, director of the Region VIII TACE Center.

The Department of Education combined the functions of 21 regional centers, which previously served primarily state vocational rehabilitation agencies, with the functions of 10 regional centers, which previously served primarily community rehabilitation programs. The 10 new TACE centers were selected to provide combined services in an effort to improve the quantity and quality of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.