Employability Certificate

Program #24065

This sequence provides skills necessary to enhance employability of students with disabilities. It offers a foundation of basic skills that increase the direct and indirect job skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment. Among the skills that students will develop are the ability to: communicate effectively on the job; locate job opportunities; problem solve; set goals; remain safe; utilize transportation resources to and from work; manage personal finances; use computer technology; develop and maintain appropriate interpersonal relationships; and advocate for personal rights. Counselors provide accommodations and services to assist students throughout their time in the program. A job transition specialist refers students to appropriate employment opportunities and agencies. In addition, the program maintains relationships with vocational agencies and employers that enhance students' opportunities for obtaining employment.

Core Courses
DSPS 137 Job Skills180
DSPS 138 Communication on the Job180
DSPS 150 Critical Thinking30
DSPS 121 Computer-Assisted Instructional Lab180
DSPS 180 Beginning Banking30
DSPS 130 Bill Paying and Banking60
DSPS 175 Personal Safety30
DSPS 155 Mobility Skills72
DSPS 133 Self-Advocacy180
DSPS 114 Relationships and Sexuality Training180
DSPS 140 Social Skills180
Total Hours1302

DSPS 114 180 Hours Relationships and Sexuality Training

A class geared for students with developmental or learning disabilities that is designed to provide a comprehensive and meaningful overview. The course strives to build healthy, safe sexual attitudes, behaviors, and relationships consistent with personal values. (Apportionment)

DSPS 121 180 Hours Computer-Assisted Instructional Lab

Designed for students with disabilities to provide instruction in computer operation, word processing and the use of adaptive computer equipment. (Apportionment)

DSPS 130 60 Hours Bill Paying and Banking

This class is designed for adults with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities who want to learn how to maintain a checking account. This is an introductory class that teaches banking vocabulary and step by step on how to open and manage a checking account. Students will be required to use the Quicken software program for balancing their checking account. (Apportionment)

DSPS 133 180 Hours Self-Advocacy

Instruction designed for students with developmental or learning disabilities to enhance advocating for self in everyday life situations. (Apportionment)

DSPS 137 180 Hours Job Skills

Designed for students with developmental or learning disabilities to help recognize and achieve potential as independent members of the community. Lecture, lab, and field experience are combined to provide the student with a comprehensive and meaningful educational experience. (Apportionment)

DSPS 138 180 Hours Communication on the Job

A class designed for students with developmental or learning disabilities who want to learn how to improve their communication skills in relationship to employment. Course will include activities to enhance written and verbal skills. (Apportionment)

DSPS 140 180 Hours Social Skills

This course is designed to give students with developmental and learning disabilities an overview of appropriate social skills at school, work, and in the community. Through examples in their own lives as well as instructional materials various areas social skills challenges will be explored, any necessary coping strategies taught. (Apportionment)

DSPS 150 30 Hours Critical Thinking

Designed to assist adults with disabilities in acquiring or improving critical thinking skills necessary to function independently in a variety of activities, situations, and environments. Emphasis on problem solving and decision making through understanding and evaluating situations, utilizing knowledge of cause and effect relationships, exploring options, and planning and implementing strategies. (Apportionment)

DSPS 155 72 Hours Mobility Skills

A class designed for students with disabilities to enhance independence by introducing safe practices and knowledge for using public transportation. (Apportionment)

DSPS 180 30 Hours Beginning Banking

This class is for students with disabilities who want to learn how to spell money amounts, fill out an check, make a deposit, record checks and deposits in a check register, and record ATM transactions in a register. This class would beneficial for students: who want to learn the basics of banking, who need practice with the basics of banking, or who are new and would like to take the Banking for Apartment Living class. (Apportionment)

DSPS 175 30 Hours Personal Safety

This course is designed to introduce students with developmental disabilities to personal safety awareness. Students with disabilities will be presented with proactive steps to take to avoid dangerous situations in the community and at home. Students with disabilities will also be presented with basic techniques for self defense and first aid. (Apportionment)