1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
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.
|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|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||No|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||2 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||100%|
|Program specific 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:||
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|
|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
|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:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||80%|
|Housing is provided to students:||No|
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program:||75%|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:||
Internships on campus