Career curricula for students with intellectual disabilities can be delivered in many ways.
A school can offer career development elective classes for students in a more traditional academic course of study, or they can embed the curriculum throughout an alternatively structured course of study or alternate diploma program (i.e., Occupational Diploma).
A rigorous career curriculum should help students:
- Develop an awareness of their individual interests and aptitudes,
- Better understand the job market and the requirements of certain industries or jobs and how that might fit with their interest and abilities,
- Build work habits, behaviors, attitudes, and skills through school-based and community-based experiences that will increase the likelihood of employment, and
- Gain exposure to a variety of work tasks and environments.
SC Fast Facts
Many of SC’s schools utilize a district-approved occupational or alternative diploma to guide students through a rigorous course of study and occupational experiences to prepare them for the world of work.
Did you know?
Students who participated in school-based programs that included a career major, cooperative education, school-sponsored enterprise, and technical preparation were 1.2 times more likely to be engaged in post-school employment (i.e., employment defined as (a) stability with benefits, insurance, paid sick days and (b) full-time employment)