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Career Skills Institute

Career Skills Institute
Harper College
Career Skills Institute
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Program Contact Linda Hoeck
Phone 847.925.6000 ext. 2076

The Career Skills Institute provides an educational program for students with mild cognitive disabilities, age 18 and above, that assesses and strengthens basic employability skills and helps student develop a realistic career plan.

Two Year Sequence:

  • Year one includes six course modules focusing on basic academics and communication.
  • Year two includes six course modules focusing on career exploration with a guided vocational experience.

The Career Skills Institute's students benefit from the opportunity to:

  • Develop academic, vocational, and social skills.
  • Learn appropriate work behavior.
  • Develop career-related interests.
  • Receive an honest assessment of their career potentials and the continuing supports they will require in the workplace.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 28
Deadline to apply to this program: summer preceding Fall semester start
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • OHI
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $2500.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

The Harper Foundation has a list of scholarships available


Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes:

Year 1: Self-Advocacy, Reading, Consumer Math, English, Computers, Communication

Year 2: Workplace Communication, Career Exploration I & II, Employment/Life Skills, Workplace Experience

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 60%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Internships on campus
Clubs including Astronomy Club, Spirit Crew, Environmental club
Fitness Center & Library
Lunch & breaks