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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
Email patricia.sloan@clcmn.edu
Phone 218-855-8075
Website http://www.clcmn.edu/occupational-skills-diploma-2/

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

General
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
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. 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.
Cost
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.
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" 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
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? 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.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Diploma
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Employment
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%
We offer the following specialized credentials: 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
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students are required to participate in at least one campus club of their choice. Students have held leadership positions in clubs and in the Student Senate. We have had students work as team managers for some sports. Students have participated in Central Lakes College Community Theater, and Community Band.