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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
Email lhoeck@harpercollege.edu
Phone 847.925.6000 ext. 2076
Website http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/ce/enrichment/specialneeds.php

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.

General
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
Requirements
Deadline to apply to this program: summer preceding Fall semester start
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18+
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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 92%
Cost
Tuition amount: $2,500.00
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

The Harper Foundation has a list of scholarships available

 

Academic
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

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Employment
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%
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between half and 75% of the time
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

Last updated: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 11:47