Courses of Instruction

FALL Term 2017 (17 weeks) Class A Schedule

August 7 – PSE Open House

(9 weeks) August 14 - October 13: Workplace Safety
M, W, F 8:00- 8:50

(6 weeks) August 15 – September 19: College Basics
T, TH 9:30 – 10:45

(6 Weeks) August 22 - October 6: College Basics
T, TH 8:00 - 8:55 a.m.

(11 weeks) September 21 – December 5: Self Determination
T, TH 9:30 – 10:45

(8 weeks) October 16 – December 6: Customer Service
M, W, F 8:00- 8:50

LAST DAY OF FALL TERM – DECEMBER 6

Fall Term 2017 (17 weeks) Class B Schedule

(17 weeks) August 14 – December 6: Get A Job
M, W, F

(8 weeks) August 15 – October 10: Self- Advocacy
T, TH

(9 weeks) October 12 – December 6: Financial Literacy
T, TH

Course Descriptions

PSEA0100: College Basics
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE program or consent of the program director.
This course is designed to help students utilize college resources to achieve success in academic coursework while exploring personal preferences in relation to career interest and life choices. Students will be exposed to many facets of college life with the goal of allowing them to select academic, career, and social experiences that interest them.

PSEA0105: Workplace Safety
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE program and completion of PSEA0100 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
This course is designed to increase students’ awareness of workplace hazards, how hazards can be controlled, what to do in an emergency, what rights they have on the job, and how to speak up effectively when problems arise at work. While workplace-specific training is most critical, workers also need the opportunity to learn and practice general health and safety skills that they will carry with them from job to job.

PSEA0110: Customer Service
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEA0105 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the components of successful customer service as those components might apply to a variety of entry level positions in local businesses. The components of a successful customer service program most often taught to employees include: telephone etiquette, trust and rapport building, active listening skills, problem solving, defusing anger, stress control, email etiquette, managing customer expectations, goal setting, and creating customer loyalty.

PSEA0115: Self-Determination
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEA0110 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
Self-determination refers to an individual’s right or freedom to make choices. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and apply self-determination skills in school, home, community, and work settings. These skills will assist students with achieving their desired school and post-school outcomes, participating actively and effectively in planning meetings, and self-advocating in multiple settings.

PSEA1000: Vocational Externship I
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEA0100 and PSEA0105 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
The PSE Vocational Externship is training-related work or practical experience which is: (1) formally part of the PSE program; (2) based upon a preplanned outline of experience/skills to be acquired; (3) an application of previously studied knowledge and skills; (4) formalized through a signed agreement between the institution and community business partner; (5) systematically supervised by a PSE staff member at the institution and the externship site; and (6) evaluated by both the on-site supervisor and the institution’s staff member based on established criteria.

PSEB0200: Self-Advocacy
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEA0115 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
Self-advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. Students will learn that although a person with a disability may call upon the support of others, the individual is entitled to be in control of their own resources and how they are directed. It is about having the right to make life decisions without undue influence or control by others.

PSEB0205: Get-A-Job
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEB0200 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
This course is designed to prepare students for interviewing for, getting, and keeping a job. All students need interview skills, social skills in a variety of areas, and preparedness for the many and varied challenges of a getting and keeping a job. As a result, they need time to learn and practice these skills. Students will learn essential job skills that can be applied while at work or at home.

PSEB0210: Financial Literacy
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEB0205 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
This course is designed to prepare students for basic Math skills used in a variety of settings such as work and home. Skills addressed will include time management, measurement, basic operations such as adding and subtracting, rounding and estimating, and multiplication and division. Topics addressed will include using measurement skills to prep food, counting inventory, keeping track of and calculating total hours worked, using checking and savings accounts, and using an ATM card or check.

PSEB2000: Vocational Externship II/Paid Employment
Prerequisites: Admission to the PSE Program and completion of PSEA1000 – OR – consent of the Program Director.
The PSE Vocational Externship is training-related work or practical experience which is: (1) formally part of the PSE program; (2) based upon a preplanned outline of experience/skills to be acquired; (3) an application of previously studied knowledge and skills; (4) formalized through a signed agreement between the institution and community business partner; (5) systematically supervised by a PSE staff member at the institution and the externship site; and (6) evaluated by both the on-site supervisor and the institution’s staff member based on established criteria. Paid Employment will be sought for all PSE students entering the second year of their PSE training.