Project MMS Meets In-Person for First Time

The first cohort of students of the joint College of Education-School of Social Work program met in-person for the first time on Friday.

Friday, May 21, 2021 • Collin Yoxall :

Students from Cohort 1 of Project Match Made in Schools (Project MMS) met for the first time in-person in Trimble Hall on Friday. Project MMS, a joint program of the College of Education and the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, aims to address the critical shortages of special education and social work professionals in Texas.

Dr. Ambra Green and Dr. John Romig, both assistant professors of special education, and Dr. Jandel Crutchfield, assistant professor of social work, greeted Artesha Richardson, Adriana Torres-Pena, Brittany Thomas, Marisa Fleck, Cynthia Jimenez, and Elizabeth Medina-Rivera as they visited campus for the first time in-person as Project MMS students.

“The first semester of Project MMS was a huge success, but it was also a whirlwind for students and professors. The mentoring meeting was a good opportunity to pause, collect our breath, regroup, and prepare for the summer semester,” said Romig. “It was great to see each other in person and to hear students making connections with one another and reflecting on what they have learned so far. We believe mentoring is one of the strengths of Project MMS, so it was exciting to see mentoring in action,” he concluded.

Project MMS is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Special Education Programs. Students participating in Project MMS are enrolled in either Master of Education in Special Education with Initial Certification or Master of Social Work degree programs. Students also receive generous scholarships toward tuition and fees, strong program mentoring, 280 hours of direct and diverse field experiences, and approximately 200 hours of a research apprenticeship experience with Project Directors.

Those interested in learning more about Project MMS can visit