COACH (Career Opportunity ACHievement)

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COACH (Career Opportunity ACHievement) is a two-year cohort program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In addition to an academic focus on reading, writing, math and computer literacy, COACH also promotes social skills, independence and career exploration.

COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with engaging educational and life-skills training to help prepare for meaningful employment 

The overall goals for COACH students are to:

  • Demonstrate basic reading and math skills
  • Use technology effectively to support academic and career pursuits
  • Explore career options to identify a career path
  • Practice appropriate workplace behavior
  • Participate in on campus job-shadow and internship placement to gain work experience
  • Build social skills through interaction with peers and the college population at large
  • Develop self-determination through peer mentoring and staff/faculty advisement
  • Apply time management skills to effectively manage program expectations

COACH Program Sequence

Semesters One and Two – Skill Building

Students review and build skills in fundamental math, literacy and computer technology. We will begin exploring career paths. This half of the program is cohort-focused, with curriculum designed specifically for COACH students. 

Semester Three – Job Shadowing

Students participate in job shadowing experiences on campus to further support exploring their career interests. 

Semester Four – Internship

Students gain practical experience by engaging in an unpaid internship on campus for approximately 15 hours per week. 

COACH and Student Life on Campus

COACH students are integrated with the College of DuPage campus community by spending half of their program time in integrated courses, mentoring and the on-campus job shadow and internship. 

In addition, COACH students are encouraged to participate in campus social life by joining a club, attending Student Life activities and participating in campus events. Students are also paired with a COD Buddy, who is a student who is trained in working with students with intellectual disabilities. COD Buddies act as ambassadors and mentors to COACH students, providing them a connection to the social aspect of the college experience. 

The tuition for COACH is $2,499 per semester.

How to Apply
To apply for COACH, please submit a completed application along with a formal diagnosis, most recent IEP and two letters of recommendation with at least one from a transition teacher or Special Education Resource personnel. Applicants will also complete an in-person interview independently with program staff and must be able to be independent on campus during the program. The application deadline for the fall 2018 cohort is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Applications and supporting documentation can be mailed to:

College of DuPage Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Attention: COACH Program

Alternatively, documents may be scanned and emailed to:


For additional programming for students with developmental or intellectual disabilities, visit our Vocational Skills page.  

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2018 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

COD Buddies


COD Buddies

The college's newest organization is COD Buddies. The group pairs up intellectually disabled students with mentors to help guide them around the school. CNTV Reporter Anisa Selenica talked to a few of these buddies to find out more about this amazing group.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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