change the
course of life

first-year program | empower tec

A young female student showcasing her magazine during Empower TEC
A young student showcasing his prototype during Empower TEC
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first year program | Empower TEC

Choosing a right major can be tricky. Sometimes, you find that the study you’ve chosen does not fit well with you. There’s a feeling, you’ve made a wrong move and are unsure about the next step. That’s why we created Fontys Empower TEC (technology + entrepreneurship + creativity). Empower is a first, it's a full-time educational program for students who have dropped out and are looking for a fresh start.

During the program students stay socially connected in a dynamic learning environment and discover their real talents and interests to make a well-informed choice for a major that truly fits their identity.

All students are welcome.

Empower TEC
program details

The core focus of the program is on professionalising identity development.You will develop your (future) professional skills, learn hot creative tools, unpack your personal identity and will be supported by individual coaching to transform into a Self-Directed Professional.

During the 21 Empower-packed weeks, you experience varied activities and challenges that you take individually or in a group.

A student getting feedback during  the associate degree engineering

we believe
your identity ...

... is the first step to
make a well-founded
career choice

A student presenting during the Associate degree engineering

open-ended challenges

One challenge every three weeks.
And a different subject for each.


You are given time and space to land. And you will discover your interests and inspirations.

it's all in
the game

Who and what made you, you? You will dive in your life's story and create a game about it.


For who or what do you want to mean something. Discover your values and how you want to make an impact.

look into
the world

From your own fascinations and expertise you will develop a solution to a societal issue.

frame your future

You will compare your newly acquired knowledge with existing education to discover what fits what doesn't.


Work on a challenge that you defined which is connected to your interests and aligns with your goals.

Elkie Blokhuis-Oerlemans 622792156
Elkie Blokhuis-Oerlemans

how to apply

Empower is a flexible and modulair program, this means that students can register and start every three weeks during the whole school year.

Even if you are studying outside of Fontys you will be able to join our Empower program.

We would like to invite you to come to our place before joining, to see our space, to meet other students and of course to meet us as well.

Send us an email or give us a call.

are you still not exactly sure?

Or do you have any questions regarding the program? Connect directly with the Program Lead Elkie by reaching her on her email or phone and she will gladly be of help.