Vocational Skills

View the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes!

To meet an identified community need, College of DuPage offers a variety of programming for adults with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

Vocational Skills
Vocational Skills courses are developmental-level, non-credit courses designed to develop workplace skills that can lead to competitive, entry-level employment and enhance everyday living skills.

Most courses meet two days a week, two hours a day for eight weeks on campus in Glen Ellyn. The students are integrated into the College of DuPage campus life by being supported through the student services that are afforded to all COD students.

Classes offered:
Basic Animal Care
Computer Skills 1 and 2
Employment Skills 1 and 2
Food Skills 1 and 2
General Office Skills
Horticulture Skills
Hospitality Skills

For students interested in building fundamental reading and writing skills, we offer Literacy classes. In a small group setting based on ability level, students develop reading and writing skills, and have the opportunity to advance through the curriculum at their own pace.

Reach Out
Aimed at building life skills, Reach Out courses help students develop independence and self-advocacy abilities. Topics covered include living independently, managing money, nutrition and health, decision making, and goal setting.



COACH – Career Opportunity ACHievement

COACH is a two-year (four-term), cohort program for adults with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities. COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with additional educational training aimed at preparing them for meaningful employment.

COACH programming focuses on:

  • Academics: reading, writing, math and computer literacy
  • Social and independence skills
  • Career exploration

Classes begin the week of Aug. 21, 2017
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $2,499 per term
An application and interview process applies.

Students must be able to navigate campus independently to participate in the program; aides will not be provided.

Program Goals for Students

• Demonstrate basic reading and math skills
• Use technology effectively to support academic and career pursuits
• Explore career options to identify a career path
• Practice appropriate workplace behavior
• Participate in on campus job-shadow and internship placement to gain work experience
• Build social skills through interaction with peers and the college population at large
• Develop self-determination through peer mentoring and staff/faculty advisement
• Apply time management skills to effectively manage program expectations

COACH Application
Please print the application and complete it by hand. If the applicant cannot write legibly, a typed application will be accepted. Please submit the completed application along with the following documents:

1) Formal diagnosis
2) Most recent IEP
3) Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a Transition/Vocational Coordinator or teacher

Applications and supporting documentation can be mailed to:

College of DuPage Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Attention: COACH Program

Alternatively, documents may be scanned and emailed to: VocSkills@cod.edu

There is also an interview component to the application process. Applicants selected for an interview will meet independently with program staff.


Contact Information

Vocational Skills
(630) 942-2176

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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