“I was able to learn more about myself, how to live independently, and use the skills needed to become competitively employed. It also gave me a chance to make new friends.”
Steven Muzyka, Graduate
The Transitional Employment Program (formally known as Transitional Vocational Program)is an eleven-month program for adults with developmental disabilities. The program helps graduates gain employable skills needed to enter and maintain employment. Staff work closely to support students and employers to establish goals, monitor progress, and evaluate achievement. The Transitions to Employment program consistently has a high rate of employment for its graduates.
Approximately 70% percent of the program involves hands-on work experience training either on campus or in the business community and approximately 30% percent focuses on classroom instruction in employment and life skills training. The program can be divided into three main components:
Students participate in work experiences within the community of Olds and/or Olds College. This practical handson
work experience occurs from September to April.
Students participate in an off-campus work practicum usually back in their home area. This work experience provides students with extended employment training that can lead to full-time employment. The practicum occurs from April to the end of June.
Materials covered are pertinent and beneficial for students who are striving toward independence and employability training. Students receive instruction in Personal and Financial Management, Workplace Communication, Transition to Workplace, Workplace Relations, Employment Search, Consumer Skills and/or Integrated classes. Classes are scheduled from September to April.