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1 Elmhurst Life Skills Academy at Elmhurst College Learning for a LifetimeDeveloping a Career Strand for Students with Developmental DisabilitiesElmhurst Life Skills Academyat Elmhurst CollegeGood morning!Thank you for attending!My name is Kristin Boxall, and I am a Career Development Coach for Elmhurst Life Skills Academy at Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College is in in Elmhurst, IL. We are located about 20 miles West of Chicago.Elmhurst College is a private liberal arts college with about 3000 students.Many students with developmental and learning disabilities have the desire to go to college, but may not be ready or able to fully participate in a traditional college program. Elmhurst Life Skills Academy (ELSA) is a viable option for students that learn differently. ELSA provides young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in a college-like program in a supportive and inclusive environment.Our students have to complete mandatory work assignments as part of the various career courses they take during their time in the ELSA program. It is my job to find local businesses and organizations to host our students in a variety of work situations.This is my colleague, Rob Graber. He is a Job Coach for the ELSA program.
2 www.elmhurst.edu/elsa Kristin Boxall ELSA Career Development Coach Learning for a LifetimeKristin BoxallELSA Career Development CoachRob Graber, Educational and Job Coach
3 Objectives of this session Gain knowledge of the key areas of Elmhurst Life Skills Academy (ELSA) and their importanceIdentify the various components to the ELSA career strand and learn about steps taken to develop this strandObtain an understanding of the various types of work experiences in which students can participateIdentify how supportive employment, job coaching, and mentoring can play a role in the success of various working experiencesLearn how to implement various components of a career program for young adults with developmental disabilitiesWe have a lot of information to share with you this morning. Before we get started, I wanted to go over the Learning Objectives for today’s session.Go through objectives.Rob and I have put aside 15 minutes at the end for questions. So, if you have a question, please write it down and you can ask it at the end. If we are running ahead of schedule in our presentation, we can stop and take a few questions then as well.
4 What is Elmhurst Life Skills Academy (ELSA)? Four-year college-like programFor young adults with learning and/or developmental disabilitiesMinimum third grade reading and math levelsMotivated and wanting to “go to college”Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors35 students--ages range from 18 to 29 years oldPre-determined curriculumMost students commuteCertificate of Completion at graduationInclusive graduation ceremonyWe are in our 5th year and will have our second graduating class May 2010!Collaboration with Ray Graham—Monarch ProgramStudents living in apartments in Elmhurst, ILLearning for a Lifetime
6 What are the key areas of the ELSA program? Academics (5 strands in curriculum)Social and recreational experienceCareer exploration and work experienceRob, Would like to present this information to the group?
8 5 Academic Strands Literacy Social Issues Independent Living Math/Technology/ScienceCareer
9 Educational Coaching All students have access to Educational Coaching Designed to assist individual students with planning, organizing, and completing assignments with assistance for Educational CoachesCoaches are Elmhurst College studentsCoaching is available 2 hours per weekGroup settingOne-to-one assistance if needed
10 Freshman Coursework Exploration of Self and Campus Introduction to College LifeSocial Issues and DiversityReading and Writing StrategiesIntroduction to ComputersLife Skills and Healthy Living ICareer Exploration and DevelopmentCommunity and Citizenship Social IssuesDifferentiating Literacy SkillsOral Storytelling and Mathematics
11 Sophomore Coursework Life Skills and Healthy Living II Career by DesignInterpersonal and Relationship SkillsNarrative and Expository WritingConcepts and Strategies of MathManaging Everyday Stress and AnxietyCareers and Community SkillsSocietal Issues/ Self DeterminationApplication of Literacy Skills to WorkplaceIntroduction to Biology
12 Junior Coursework Focus on Nutrition, Health and Cooking Career Development and PlanningInvestigation to Social IssuesRhetoric and AdvocatingGeography: Passport to the WorldPlanning for IndependenceCareer Development: Work in the CommunityCritical Thinking and Problem-SolvingThe Art of LiteracyAdvanced Computer Skills/ Financial Smarts
13 Senior Coursework Focus on Future Planning Career Internship I Service Learning ExplorationBusiness Communications IComputers in the WorkplaceGetting Hired: Internship IIBackpack to BriefcaseService Learning Capstone ProjectPortfolio Development/ Computer SkillsBusiness Communications II
14 Elmhurst College has a January Term 9 hours a week for 4 weeksSeniors work in Internships during JanuaryCourses for other students includeIndividual Focus IImages to CommunicationMulticultural Living in Today’s Society
15 Social and Recreational Experiences ELSA Key Area Number 2Social and Recreational Experiences
16 Social and Recreational Experiences Peer Mentor Program consisting of Elmhurst College and ELSA studentsCommittee meeting each weekPlans social and recreational activitiesPromotes decision making, planning, and leadership skills for ELSA studentsStudents can join clubs, attend games, etc.Builds social network especially with typical Elmhurst College students
17 Career exploration and work experience ELSA Key Area Number 3Career exploration andwork experienceCareer Exploration and work experience is the last and most important in my opinion area of the ELSA program. I will present to you more specific information about the career courses and the work components to each course. We will also touch on job our program uses job coaches to help students become independent in the work place.
18 Freshmen Career Courses DescriptionIntroduction toCollege Life (Fall)Designed to introduce students to promote success in college. Focus on goal setting and motivation, learning styles, life on campus, and strategies to learn effectively.Career Exploration and Development(Spring)Designed to learn about career paths and discover more about vocational interests and aptitudes. Topics include: career paths, employment and the world of work.We will start with our Freshmen. Freshmen start relatively slow when it comes to the career component of the program. Students begin with a course called Introduction to College Life to help get them acclimated to being a part of a college campus. Many of the topics and assignments in the course can relate to work in some way or another. For example, planning, time management, and organization skills.In the Spring, Freshmen take Career Exploration and Development. The main objective of this course teach students the difference between a job and a career and what does it mean “to work.” Students also look at different industries, jobs, and careers and research trends and the skills and education or training to secure such jobs.Students are not expected to work during this course, however, many of our students at all levels have jobs in their communities.
19 Examples of Freshman Assignments Complete weekly journal entries on BlackboardComplete a self-directed action planBecome involved in Elmhurst College life by joining a student organization or clubResearching and reporting on career options and opportunitiesResearch various career clustersStart to identify pathwaysHere are some examples of some of the assignments Freshman complete. Each week, there are new journal entries posted on the courses Blackboard. The journal entries are used as an opportunity for the students to reflect on the course and their general college experiences.Students are expected to complete a self-directed plan. Each student chooses a skill or behavior that needs improving, set a goal, and specifies steps for improvement, identify resources that will them work on the and achieve their goal, and submit documentation that shows the progress the student is making towards their goal. A written report is turned in upon the due date.Each student is expected to become involved in the Elmhurst College life by joining a student organization or club on campus. Students identify the organization or club that they are interested in becoming involved. The student identifies his or her strengths and interest which will help with their integration into the club. Students research their organization and identify key people. Students prepare presentations about the clubs they are joining and explain how becoming involved in the organizations will help them become part of college life.Students choose a variety of jobs and careers to research. They then present the information to their fellow students.
20 Sophomore Career Courses DescriptionCareer by Design (Fall)Students continue to develop various skills necessary in learning about career paths and vocational interests and aptitudes. Keyboarding, general office skills, and informational interviewing are introduced.Career and Community Skills(Spring)A continuation of Career by Design. Students participate in on and off campus Job Observations.Sophomore year is when students begin mandatory work assignments as part of their career courses.
21 Examples of Sophomore Assignments Researching and reporting on career options and opportunitiesResearch Employment AdsInformational interviewsJob ObservationsWritten correspondence
22 Sophomore Work Component—Fall Informational Interviews Students find someone to interview on their ownStudents prepares lists of relevant questionsBenefits of Informational InterviewsExplore careers and clarify career goalsExpand professional networkBuild confidence in interviewing skillsAccess to up-to-date career information
23 Sophomore Work Component—Spring Job Observations 2 job observations—one on campus, one off campus4 hours total, 1 hour per week for 4 weeksWhat is a job observation?Short-termStudents observes people working in the workplaceStudents take notes and journalHands-on work in some casesIncludes an informational interviewStudent receive handbookPurpose of job observationExposes students to a variety of jobs and careersHelps students learn what skills and education is needed to do certain jobsHelps students make informed choices about pursuing a certain job or career path
24 Junior Career Courses Courses Description Career Development & Planning I(Fall)Career Development & Planning II(Spring)Continue the process of career exploration, developing communication, writing and computer skills necessary for employment. Students begin field experience on campus or in the in community.Process of developing skills necessary for employment in the community. Communication, decision making, resume, portfolio, career interests, and strengths.
25 Examples of Junior Assignments Complete job application (paper and on-line)Conduct informational interviewResearch company of where they will be workingMock interviewPresentation of job placementResume writing and buildingThank you correspondence
26 Junior Work Component—Field Experiences 2 Field Experiences (Fall and Spring)32 hours total—4 hours per week for 8 weeksPlacements are based on students’ career/job interestsJob application and mock interviewTraining and/or orientationJob shadowingTask analysis/supports/job coachingStudents work independently
27 Senior Career Courses Course Description Career Internship I (Fall) Students prepare for their January internship placement. Developing skills for landing and keeping a job and conflict resolution in the workplace. Building and maintaining a resume and job portfolio. Practicing Interviewing SkillsActual Internship(January)Students intern at various companies/organizationsInternship II(Spring)Students reflect on their January internship placements. Students walk through the steps necessary for their own job search.
28 Examples of Senior Assignments Complete job applicationConduct informational interviewResearch companyMock interviewAttend Internship WorkshopsResume writing and buildingThank you correspondencePresentation of job internshipCreate a network
29 Senior Work Component--Internship Internships take place in JanuaryMinimum of 9 hours per week for 4 weeksInternship sites are pre-determinedAreas of career or job interestStudents attend 2 Internship WorkshopsTime cards and journalsJob coaching and supportsPresentation to fellow students
30 Internships--January 7 students interning this JanuaryMusic Clerk at a music storeFiling Clerk in Human Resources DepartmentActivities intern at nursing homeAssistant animal care intern at zooActivities intern at learning centerClerical intern at hospice agencyClassroom helper in a kindergarten program
31 Role of Mentors and Job Coaches at Internship Sites Review of Functional AssessmentGoals and target areasTrain student on-siteProvide support as neededTask analysisBreak down tasksProvides lists or visuals if necessaryWork with host toward independence
32 Finding Placements in the Community Local and family owned businessesNot-for-profits with volunteer programsPresent information at Service Organization meetingsLetter with follow-upJust walk inSell program and students
33 Questions?Thank you for your interest in Elmhurst Life Skills Academy and attending this session.