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Occupational, Life and Academic Skills (OLAS) Program

Occupational, Life and Academic Skills (OLAS) Program
Richard J. Daley College as part of City Colleges of Chicago
Occupational, Life and Academic Skills (OLAS) Program
7500 S. Pulaski Avenue
Chicago, IL 60652
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Program Contact Daisy Campuzano
Program Contact Email
Phone 773-838-7545
Website Program website

The Occupational, Life, and Academic Skills (OLAS) program is a Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Program (CTP) being implemented by Richard J. Daley College. It will provide students with intellectual disabilities (ID) with a full-time inclusive college experience. Students who complete the program will earn a non-academic Career Advancement Certificate.

Program information submitted: October 28, 2022

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
School district or agency partner: Chicago Public Schools, Southside Occupational High School, Anixter Center, Special Olympics Chicago
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 years old and older
  • Students must have a documented intellectual disability (ID). These might be an IEP or 504 Plan. Students who are not able to meet academic admission requirements in traditional programs

Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • Varies from student to student
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $3504.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career Advancement Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Additional information about career development and work experience:

The full-time CTP OLAS program will require a minimum of one semester-long supervised internship related to the student’s career goal. Students will typically earn six credits for each internship. Internships can be paid or non-paid and could include work opportunities both on and off campus. In addition, students will be expected to have their work internships/work-based training in settings with individuals without disabilities.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation