Occupational Prep: will focus on preparing students for life on their own and the development of vocational skills. Students will also work on their personal growth and potential, explore character and ethics, and reflect on their role as citizens within their communities and the classroom. The students will focus on the foundations of work, time management, nutrition and health, social skills/working with others, functional writing, basic money skills, and community based instruction.
Occupational Related: is a continuum of Occupational Preparation, the students will focus on preparing students for life on their own and the development of vocational skills. They will continue to work on personal growth, vocational skills, job readiness, and independent living skills. In this course they will explore careers and the world of work, learn to pay bills, interviewing, transportation -getting to work, maintaining and keeping a job, and health and safety in the workplace.
Occupational Experience: will focus on preparing students for life on their own and the development of vocational skills. The students will transfer the job readiness skills they have been learning into work experience. The students will continue to develop their work skills inside or outside of the classroom. The students will look for part time jobs, job shadowing experiences, and/or internships. The students have an opportunity to get real job experience and a grade for this class.
Marriott Bridges: Bridges staff members, known as Youth Employment Specialists, work with young adults individually and in groups to identify career goals, develop interviewing skills, connect with employers, create a résumé, apply for jobs, get a job, and succeed in a job. Employer Representatives work closely with each young person, providing instruction, guidance, and mentoring that increases confidence, builds character, and enhances professionalism.
DRS: DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
MOPD: The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) works to make Chicago a world-class accessible city on behalf of residents and visitors with disabilities. We are committed to providing excellent customer service and value your feedback. To leave information about a recent experience with a MOPD program or service, please email [email protected] or call 312-746-5773 and select option 7, and a Program Director will follow up with you as soon as possible.
Working Together Chicago: Breaking down employment barriers for young adults with autism, learning disabilities and developmental disabilities. People with disabilities can have great success in the workplace when they have the right supports and are given a chance. Working Together Chicago provides that opportunity and support through job development, short-term job coaching and long-term mentoring.