Pathways Toward Independence

Creating Pathways of Success for High School Special Needs Students

  • Lifehouse

About the Program

  • The Pathways Toward Independence (PTI) program promotes the continued development of vocational training skills and/or functional independent living skills to assist special needs students in becoming emergent adults in the community. The PTI program allows students to develop employability skills and access post-secondary education. Students gain home and daily living skills, community involvement, access to adult agencies, as well as build personal and social relationships.

Two Paths

    • VOCATIONAL TRAINING SKILLS for 18-21 year olds
    • 1100 E. Business 83 Pharr, TX 78577
    • The PTI Vocational Training Pathway helps young adults determine job preference, build work-related skills and develop a resume. Students earn a modified college certificate based on components of instruction.
    • (LIFE Home) 325 W. Jones Pharr, TX 78577
    • The PTI LIFE Pathway targets current high school students that require functional independent living skills. Special education teachers give instruction regarding daily living skills, recreation and citizenship.

Certificates Through South Texas College

    • Employability Skills
    • Customer Service
    • Office Skills
    • Floral Design
    • Photography
    • Cake Decorating


Business Partners

    • At Home
    • Best Buy
    • Dairy Queen
    • Goodwill
    • NAFT Federal Credit Union
    • Peter Piper Pizza
    • Pharr Memorial Library
    • Vany’s Flower Shop


Agency Partnerships

    • Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    • Texas Workforce Solutions
    • Tropical Texas Behavioral Health



  • My son Adam continues to thrive at PTI, blossoming into a community-oriented young adult, learning helpful skills and transitioning into a confident and capable young adult. It has far exceeded my expectations and I am excited to see my son’s continued success.” -Sylvia Briales, Parent

    Gracias al programa Kevin a logrado un desarrollo personale independencia.” -Juan Martinez, Parent

    Our students have gained many vocational training skills while being a part of our PTI Transition Program. It is amazing to see where they started and where they are now. Business partners are also extremely supportive in ensuring the success of our students.” -Diana Clark, PTI Teacher


  • (956) 784-8524

    325 West Jones Ave., Pharr