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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.  


Karla Megow is our COACH-Year One morning instructor. Karla has over 40 years of experience teaching students with special needs in the high school and college settings. 

Valerie Ulett has taught at COD for over 30 years. She taught in the Office and Technology Department for 10 years and in the Developmental Education Department for over 20 years.

Pamela Neuner is our COACH-Year Two morning instructor. Pam was a teacher of special needs students in the high school setting for over 30 years.  She has been teaching at COD for five years.

Carol Dvorak-Mola is our COACH-Year Two afternoon instructor. Carol was a teacher of special needs students in the high school setting for over 30 years. She has been teaching at COD for five years.


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Contact Information

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

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please call us If you have questions about a course or need assistance with registration. You can also reach us by email at at any time.