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Occupational Skills Program

Occupational Skills Program
Ridgewater College
Occupational Skills Program
2101 15th Avenue NW
Willmar, MN 56201
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Program Contact Mary Benson
Phone 320-222-8041

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 a year or more ago

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
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $5800.00
Room and board: $5000.00
Program fees: $400.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:
  • Internships
  • Job Keeping Skills
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Career Assessment and Planning
  • Consumer Skills
  • Community and Leisure Resources
  • Transition to Independent Living
  • Internship Seminar
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Occupational Skills Diploma
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 75%