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Developmental Education

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

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
  • Keyboarding


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, communication skills, current events, managing money, nutrition and health, decision making and goal setting. 

New: 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.


Contact Information

Vocational Skills
(630) 942-3779

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