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PROJECT E3 – Educate, Empower, Employ Targeted Communities

Project E3, the “Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities: Empower, Educate, Employ” — will work with state vocational rehabilitation agencies and their partners across the United States. The goal is to help people with disabilities from underserved communities achieve their independent living and employment goals.

Project E3

Provides technical assistance to State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and their partners, addressing barriers to their participation and competitive, integrated employment of historically-underserved groups of individuals with disabilities.


This national project is a collaboration of Southern University Baton Rouge, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Kentucky, George Washington University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Project E3 Kentucky

In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) will work with transition aged youth and adults with mental illness toward improving access to vocational rehabilitation services within economically disadvantaged rural and remote communities.

The Project E3 Team will provide intensive and focused technical assistance to all 80 State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and 20 targeted communities across the U.S. and its territories.

Kentucky map showing E3TC active regions

E3TC Region 1 includes Rockcastle and Wayne Counties. Region 2 includes Breathitt, Jackson and Lee Counties.

The anticipated outcome will increase vocational rehabilitation participation of persons with disabilities from these targeted communities leading to greater quality employment outcomes.

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Project E3 Oregon

Oregon is a primarily rural state. The geographic isolation of Oregon’s rural communities poses significant challenges for persons with disabilities in achieving competitive, integrated, and lasting employment, and community participation and integration. Many rural counties are distant from major cities (primarily located in western Oregon), and thus from a broad scope of employment, training, and educational opportunities. Census data reflect that about 18% of Oregonians live in rural areas, compared to 6.3% of the U.S. population (US Census,2011), and 23 of Oregon’s 36 counties are non-metropolitan.
The centralization of employment opportunities in urban areas creates significant transportation and access barriers to employment opportunities. Approximately 15% of Oregon residents live below the poverty level.

Oregon Map with E3TC counties shaded


The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center: Targeted Communities (VR-TAC-TC) is established under a grant from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) award CFDA 84.264F. This material and any ideas, opinions, and conclusions expressed related to this project are those of the HDI VR-TAC-TC, not of RSA or the U.S. Department of Education.