» Occupational Skills Program «
Course Descriptions and Outlines:
This course covers skills that students need to live independently with the community. Topics include: Safety, hygiene, grooming, nutrition, meal planning and food choices, stress management, physical fitness and healthy choices. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills program is required). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
This course provides students the opportunity to explore occupational options. Students will identify their occupational strengths and weaknesses. They will also set, monitor and change goals, as necessary. Students will plan their program of study which will be expanded upon in the Supervised Occupational Training course. (Prequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills program). (1 C/1 lect, 0 lab).
This course provides students with a variety of communication skills needed to be successful in a work environment. Topics include verbal and nonverbal communication, speaking and listening skills, business communications and working in groups. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills program). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
Students will develop and display decision making skills and problem solving skills, as well as learning skills of becoming an effective self-advocate. Examples include: hearing about legislation with persons with disabilities, how to describe their disability to others, strategies for assertively stating their wants and needs to others. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills program). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
During the lecture portion of this course, students will explore the importance of work and the employer's expectations of the employee. Students will be exposed to basic job skills necessary to obtain and maintain entry level employment. This course provides students the opportunity to perform skills at a specific job site. Successful students will complete 96 hours of occupational training at a specific job site. (Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Occupational Skills Program and instructor approval). (4 C/2 lect, 2 lab).
This course provides information regarding community and leisure resources that will assist students as they transition into the competitive employment and the community setting. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills Program). (1 C/1 lect).
Students will gather relevant information necessary to prepare a resume, write a cover letter and follow up interview letter. They will utilize various resources to find job openings. Students will also complete job applications to secure employment. They will prepare and participate in a mock interview. Job change situations will also be addressed. Students will use the information gained through the Work Readiness Assessment course to determine an employment goal. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills Program). (2 C/2 lect).
This course provides students with the ability to identify and meet personal needs as they make the transition from school to work and independent living. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills Program). (3 C/3 lect).
The lecture portion of this course will focus on writing and tracking short and long term goals. Students will self-assess their occupational goals and adjust their goals, as needed. Students will have the opportunity to review work strengths and needs and an individual plan will be put into place for each student for continued improvement. They will also have the opportunity to meet with their support team and instructor to discuss work options once the Occupational Skills Program has been completed. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and/or supervised occupational training sites during the previous semester. Experiences will be provided through internship that increase opportunities to practice occupational skills in their chosen area. Successful students will complete 160 hours of internship training at a specific job site. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Occupational Skills Program). (7 C/2 lect, 5 lab).
Last Updated: October 7, 2014