COACH (Career Opportunity ACHievement)

COACH (Career Opportunity ACHievement) is a two-year cohort program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In addition to an academic focus on reading, writing, math and computer literacy, COACH also promotes social skills, independence and career exploration.

COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with engaging educational and life-skills training to help prepare for meaningful employment 

The overall goals for COACH students are to:

  • 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 and off-campus job-shadow and internship placements 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

How to Apply

To apply for COACH, please submit a completed application , the most recent IEP and two letters of recommendation with at least one from a transition teacher or Special Education Resource personnel. Applicants will also complete an in-person interview independently with program staff and must be able to be independent on campus during the program. The application deadline for the fall 2020 cohort is Friday, May 15, 2020.

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:


COACH Program Sequence

Semesters One and Two – Skill Building

Students review and build skills in fundamental math, literacy and computer technology. They will also begin exploring career paths. This half of the program is cohort-focused, with curriculum designed specifically for COACH students. 

Semester Three – Job Shadowing

Students participate in job shadowing experiences which can occur on campus or off campus to further support exploring their career interests. 

Semester Four – Internship

Students gain practical experience by engaging in unpaid internships which can occur on campus or off campus for approximately 8 hours per week. 

COACH and Student Life on Campus

COACH students are integrated with the College of DuPage campus community by spending time in credit-bearing courses, mentoring and on-campus job shadow and internship experiences. 

In addition, COACH students are encouraged to participate in campus social life by joining a club, attending Student Life activities and participating in campus events. Students are also paired with a COD Buddy, who is a student who is trained in working with students with intellectual disabilities. COD Buddies act as ambassadors and mentors to COACH students, providing them a connection to the social aspect of the college experience. 

The tuition for COACH is $2,499 per semester.

For additional programming for students with developmental or intellectual disabilities, visit our Vocational Skills page.  

Contact Continuing Education

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

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday