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Program for Successful Employment

Program for Successful Employment
Bossier Parish Community College
Program for Successful Employment
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier Parish, LA 71111
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Program Contact Cindy Heying
Phone (318) 678-6334

The Program for Successful Employment (PSE) is a division of Workforce Development at BPCC providing education and training for individuals with significant disabilities. Most PSE students participate in typical BPCC academic classes and an essential skills seminar. They are also required to complete actual hands-on work experience through vocational training or internships on campus or in the local community. The goal of PSE is to prepare students for integrated employment. PSE is a federally recognized Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program for students ages 18 and over with history of a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability. It is designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who want to continue academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment.

We also serve individuals with an ASD diagnosis seeking a typical college credentials. PSE is able to provide peer coaching and supports beyond those required by ADA while students work to earn a degree or certificate in a field chosen based upon student strengths. The primary student groups served by PSE may have substantially different support needs, but the goal of independent living and gainful employment is the same. The program provides students the opportunity to attend BPCC, participate in campus wide events, join student organizations, and build relationships with peers as they prepare for employment. Students taking academic courses may apply for Federal Financial Aid or seek other funding through other sources, such as Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

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
Deadline to apply to this program: July 31 for Fall semester, Dec. 8 for Spring semester
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
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:

<p>Students participate in one essential skills seminar per semester.</p>

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: PSE Certificate of Completion
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>No segregated extracurricular activities are required. However, extracurricular events may be supported by the program which are not typically open to or attended by general students such as conferences or specific vocational skills competitions.</p>