Core Components and Essential Elements

List of 9 items.

  • Qualities of a Sustainable and Independent Learner

    • Resiliency
    • Social Responsibility
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Self-Reflection
    • Self-Regulation
    • Self-Reflection
    • Social Communication Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Management and Organization
  • Career/Academic Analysis

    • Assessment and interview
    • Understanding strengths and weaknesses
    • Ascertain opportunities for supporting needs and skill development
    • Clear direction post-transition program
    • Understanding multiple intelligences to make career choices
    • Project based learning
  • Internship/Field Experience

    • Based off career analysis/skills and interest
    • Cohesion between academic course work and life skills
    • Improves workplace skills
    • Connection to Professional Studies curriculum
    • Safe hands-on approach
    • Providing natural support
    • Supported and guided by professionals in varied industries and fields
    • Provides experience and knowledge
    • Possible career opportunities
    • Comprehensive feedback session/Continuous Feedback System
  • Employability Skills

    • Understand social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc) appropriateness
    • Hone time management and organizational skills using various applications
    • Develop workplace email etiquette and effective communication
    • Expand web-based research skills regarding job searches
    • Interviewing skills
    • Transferable skills
    • Hard and soft skills
  • Personal Goal Setting

    • Break down goals
    • Continually assess awareness of, and confidence in, life and workplace skills
    • Develop self-reflective capabilities
    • Cultivate a higher level of independence
    • Identify problems, evaluate situations, strategize and prioritize
    • Create a support system
    • Set specific short and long-term goals
    • Increase the ability to follow through
  • Academic and Social Problem Solving

    • Enhance self-advocacy skills
    • Strengthen understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses and enhance self-awareness
    • Build personal and academic confidence including confidence in ability to succeed in a post-secondary environment
    • Improve independent organization and maintenance of academic materials
    • Enhance self-reflection and self-awareness through regular discussion and ongoing reflective exercises
    • Improve organizational skills
    • Enhance motivation
    • Improve time management skills
  • Communication

    • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills
    • Apply basic principles of group discussions
    • Manage conflict in interpersonal communication situations
    • Explain and illustrate the forms and purposes of human communication in a variety of contexts
    • Enhance your active-listening skills to anticipate and avoid common misunderstandings
    • Build collaborative relationships that emphasize trust and respect
    • Communicate effectively using simple, concise and direct language
    • Public speaking
  • Reflection and Assessment

    • Provides students with the opportunity to reflect
    • Develop the ability to troubleshoot situations that are ongoing in their internships/field experience
    • Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills
    • Share experiences and collaborate with peers
    • Learn to adaptively manage challenging social situations through role-play and group discussions
    • Understanding their abilities and learning and work styles
  • Projected outcome for students enrolled in the program

    • Finding and keeping meaningful work
    • Increased readiness for higher education opportunities (when appropriate)
    • Developing relationships with internship providers (potential employment)
    • Independent living skills
    • Knowledge of the agencies and systems that provide supports for adults with disabilities.
    • Develop the ability to maintain personal finances, self-care, and adult living skills
    • Social & emotional development as a young adult, social skill development
    • Social integration including recreation and other forms of vocational activities
    • Lifelong learning
    • Connection with the individual and their families
    • A strong commitment to personal goal setting and self-determination
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