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Career Studies Program

Career Studies Program

Welcome to the Career Studies Program where individuals can obtain a high-quality, individualized post-secondary education that leads to social and professional networks, careers, and a bright future. Career Studies is an inclusive two-year, four-semester program that includes academic and social enrichment, career exploration, and practical work experiences. The program is designed for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Students are typically between the ages of 18 and 25. The ultimate goal of the program is for students to obtain meaningful paid employment.

The overall objectives/outcomes of the Career Studies Program are for participants to:

  • Experience an inclusive higher education academic and social environment.
  • Demonstrate an increase in self-determination as evidenced by a pre/post semester self-determination scale.
  • Obtain National Retail Foundation Customer Service and Sales Certification by successfully passing exam.
  • Identify their strengths and preferences for employment through job shadowing and practicum experiences.

The outcomes are supported by completing a person centered planning process, auditing academic courses, enrolling in Continuing Education courses, vocational theme mapping, job coaching, career field trip experiences, job shadowing, and practicums. Students are provided support by peer mentors (current Penn State students) in their academic classes as well as for other on-campus activities.