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Vocational Skills Courses

Vocational Skills courses are designed for students with developmental disabilities and focus on the enhancement of competencies that can apply to workplace settings.

Animal Care Skills

This course provides an introduction to basic animal care.  Students learn about potential careers in the animal care field and how to provide basic care for cats, dogs, and other household pets.  Grooming, nutrition, and common illnesses are also discussed.

Employment Skills 

This course provides an introduction to on-the-job skills.  Topics include understanding standards of behavior; communication with employers, co-workers, and public; and time management.  

Keyboard Skills 

This course provides an introduction to the computer keyboard and typing skills.  Topics include how to touch type alphabetic and special characters.  

Computer Skills I and II

These courses include topics related to computer familiarity, work processing, text editing, margins, text alignment, tabs, bullet lists, envelopes, and labels. 

General Office Skills

This is an introduction to basic office tasks and operation of office machines for adults with cognitive disabilities. Topics include filing, mailing, copying, faxing and time management skills. 

Food Service Skills 

This course provides the basic/intermediate skills required for food service occupations. Topics include demonstration and hands-on learning in sanitation, safe food handling, safety issues, food preparation and cooking. 

Hospitality Skills 

This is an introduction to basic skills required for entry-level hospitality and hotel housekeeping occupations. Topics include basic room cleaning, laundry duties, proper trash handling, and cleaning product safety. Personal grooming and social skills are also covered. 

Horticulture Skills I and II

This course focuses on the propagation, growth, and care of various plants in the greenhouse.  Learning topics include types of propagation and the caring of plants from propagation to maturity (market ready).  Emphasis is placed on fall/winter or spring/summer plants.  Students will have the opportunity to select plants to propagate and apply their acquired skills.  All projects are taken home.


Contact Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208 CE@cod.edu
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