Program Director: Dr Linda Rhen
Program Coordinator: Sandy McBride
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Welcome to the Career Studies Program, a U.S. Department of Education approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP), where individuals with intellectual disabilities 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. Our program mission is to provide enriching and inclusive post-secondary education and career exploration experiences that lead to independence and competitive employment.
Program Themes and Principles
- Embracing Diversity
- Exploring Careers
- Focus on Ability not Disability
- Identifying Strengths and Interests
- Importance of Work and Career
- Learning and Growth
- My Voice Matters!
- Obtaining recognizable credentials
- Person-First Language
- Providing Supports - Fading Support
- Sense of Belonging
These themes 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. Peer Mentors provide students with support in their academic classes as well as for other on-campus activities. Individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 25 who seek a higher education experience with a focus on career growth are encouraged to apply!