Training for specific occupations is available through a variety of sources: community colleges, private vocational schools, alternative post-secondary education programs, apprenticeships, publicly supported training programs, and on-the-job training.
There are three basic options available for the individual to utilize:
- The transfer program provides the first two years of the traditional four-year bachelor's degree with an associate's degree being achieved when requirements are completed.
- Two-year vocationally oriented associate's degree programs are offered in a wide variety of career fields. These occupational areas have been selected based on employment surveys of statewide and local business and industry needs. Many of these programs may be extended or capped with a related bachelor's degree.
- Vocational proficiency certificate programs offer the opportunity to acquire specific career training in a demanding occupational area. In these, the student takes only those courses related to the specific vocation. While similar in nature to the typical vocational school program, these differ in that a student can later use these course credits as the foundation for additional two or four-year degrees, and they usually prove to be substantially lower in cost than private school training.
- Because these institutions are publicly endowed, they are eligible for all federal, state and local governmental funding of support services for students with special needs. Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) may also offer financial support. Special needs services may be obtained by contacting the school's special needs office.
Oakton Community College
1600 E. Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Access and Disability Resources Center
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Access and Disability Services
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington
Grayslake, IL 60030
Office for Students with Disabilities
(847) 223-6601 ext. 2474
2000 Fifth Ave
River Grove, IL 60171
Center for Access and Accommodative Services (CAS)
(708)456-0300 ext 3917