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The Occupational Skills Program provides individuals with mild to moderate disabilities the vocational training necessary to obtain and maintain competitive entry level employment.
This program is unique as the target population is individuals outside of a sheltered work environment who are unable to succeed in traditional college coursework.
The Program prides itself in finding an internship site that matches the student’s interest, skills and abilities. Students gain positive self-esteem and confidence in their abilities.
The OS program collaborates with a variety of businesses and agencies throughout the area. These businesses and agencies provide supervised occupational training and internship opportunities for students.
Fall semester, students spend eight hours per week at a training site on or off campus to gain work experience. Spring semester, students spend 16 hours per week at a training site on or off campus. Students receive college credit for internship experiences.
Wilmes is a student in the Occupational Skills Program. In an interview
with Rachel she stated, “Before I started this class, I was very
lost and did not know what to do with my life. Ever since I started
this program, I know what I want to do with my life now.”
Rachel plans to continue her studies, which include a degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Library Science. Her interest in library science was discovered while doing an internship for the Occupational Skills Program, which is organized by Vicky Keller, Instructor. Rachel is also doing an internship in a bakery. This is Rachel’s 3rd semester at RCTC.
RCTC’s Occupational Skills Program can serve up to twenty students per semester. Vicky Keller is the instructor for this program and she exemplifies RCTC’s value of respect everyday in her work with students. “Vicky is a combination of passion and patience. When she works with students in class, she provides them with concrete examples, and she’s willing to take the time necessary to allow them to demonstrate what they know. Instead of simply telling them what they should do or what she thinks they need to know, she gives them the opportunity to discover what’s within them,” wrote Dean Fuller. Vicky works closely with Anna Hanson and Travis Kromminga in Disability Services.
Last Updated: October 7, 2014