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Occupational Skills Program

Occupational Skills Program
Central Lakes College
Occupational Skills Program
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
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Program Contact Patty Sloan
Program Contact Email
Phone 218-855-8075
Website Program website

The Occupational Skills program is a post-secondary vocational program for students with intellectual disabilities that provides training for entry-level, competitive employment. Occupational Skills combines community-based vocational training with personal management classes on campus.

Program information submitted: March 18, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school:

Central Lakes College is a Community and Technical College

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 12
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
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Disorders, Physical disabilities
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 77.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Fall 2020 showed a decrease due to students not wanting to attend in person due to Covid 19. The Occupational Skills Program is a 9 month program. Some OSP graduates continue on to other technical programs or continue seeking their AA Degree.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6055.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $6055.00
Room and board: $5670.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Text Books Transportation money for getting to internship site

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Jessica Holmgren Memorial Scholarship - specifically for Occupational Skills Program students. Scholarships that are offered through the Central Lakes College Foundation to all Central Lakes College students. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships through their high school.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Students take the Occupational Skills Program courses and take a minimum of 2 elective courses outside of the program. Elective credits are in courses that are in an interest area of the student. Some elective courses have requirements with reading and math levels. Occupational Skills Program students can take the Accuplacer college assessment to determine reading and math levels as needed.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

In addition to the Occupational Skills Program courses, students take 2 computer classes - Computer Basics Operating System and Computer Basics Applications.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Diploma
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 35%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 57%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students work/volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per week on campus or in the community in an area of interest. Some students are able to use paid work study for our Supervised Pre-Internship course and others volunteer to gain work experience.57

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
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes