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Career Skills Institute

Career Skills Institute
Harper College
Career Skills Institute
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067
Program Contact Eric Wiebe
Program Contact Email
Phone 847-925-6161
Website Program website

The Career Skills Institute Program
CSI is an educational program at Harper College for students with mild cognitive disabilities, ages 18 and above. CSI assesses and strengthens basic employability skills and helps student develop realistic career plans.

Two Year Sequence:
 Year one includes six modules focusing on basic academics and communication.
 Year two includes six modules focusing on career exploration with a guided vocational experience.

CSI students benefit from opportunities 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

Program information submitted: February 1, 2023

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: 22
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: Campus applications process is summer preceding fall semester start but must already be approved
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2500.00
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 enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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 One: Self-Advocacy Reading Consumer Math English Computers Communication Year Two: Workplace Communication Career Exploration I & II Employment/Life Skills Workplace Experience
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation