Project LIFE™ Special Education Transition-to-Work Program Receives $225,000 Grant

Butler Tech’s Project LIFE™ Special Education Transition-to-Work Program Receives $225,000 Grant to Support National Replication of Program for Individuals with Complex Disabilities

The Friends of Butler Tech Foundation, along with Butler Tech’s Project LIFE™ special education transition-to-work department received a $225,000 grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation to support the national replication initiative of Butler Tech’s Project LIFE™ transition-to-work program.

The grant will enable Butler Tech’s Project LIFE replication team to utilize these funds over the next three years to give other school districts and rehabilitation service providers the opportunity to replicate the highly successful Project LIFE program.

“It is amazing to be a part of a career tech school district that understands the value of what can be gained by assisting others to replicate this program. Project LIFE is proven to produce positive growth and employment outcomes for students with significant disabilities,” said Reena Fish, Project LIFE Replication Coordinator.

Students participating in the Project LIFE programs generally have a diagnosis or a learning limitation that presents a barrier to their goal of gaining and maintaining inclusive, competitive employment in their communities.  To date, Project LIFE is already being successfully replicated in nearly a half a dozen school districts across the United States.

“The impact of this initiative provides Butler Tech with an opportunity to learn new strategies and make valuable connections that will enable us to stay at the top or our game.  Our students, their families and our community as a whole all win when individuals with complex learning challenges are provided with educational experiences that enable them to be employed, valued and active participants in their communities.  Indeed, it is every citizen’s right to contribute to society through employment and it is a responsibility that we take very seriously,” said Fish.

For more information about the Project LIFE™ National Replication Initiative and to apply for replication funding, please visit