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Developmental Education

Young adults with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities who can independently and safely find their way to classes can continue their education through College of DuPage's Developmental Education Program.  If you are a student in a high school transition program or have completed a transition program and are ready to explore post-secondary resources, please review some of the exciting options that are available. 

Our courses will help students continue to increase academic and employment skills and improve overall communication and independence abilities. Once enrolled a Literacy, Reach Out, or Vocational Skills course, students must complete Developmental Education Information and Code of Conduct forms  in order to assist staff with providing appropriate instructional experiences. Please note that no COD-sponsored transportation is provided for these classes.   

Fall 2022 Class Schedule (all classes)

Programs

Fall 2022 Courses

Feed Your Need to Read!
This literacy-based class will focus on improving reading comprehension skills to unlock your learning potential. Your teacher will lead group activities and offer individualized instruction to boost your overall reading ability.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 to Nov. 10
5 to 5:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-400, $225
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 to Nov. 10
6 to 6:50 p.m.
LEISR-0070-401, $225
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Current Events
Students will learn about and discuss daily news to increase their understanding of global issues, economics
and politics in relationship to the United States and the world. Topics may include sports, humor and
entertainment as they apply to our community.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 9
1 to 2:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-055, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1120

Daily Communication
In this course, students will review basic communication concepts. They will develop positive verbal and non-verbal skills and the confidence to speak to others through role-playing activities. Topics covered include beginning and ending a conversation, asking pertinent questions and appropriately participating in a conversation.

Monday, Sept. 12 to Nov. 14
1 to 2:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-015, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Everyday Math
This class will teach students how to apply basic math skills to daily situations. Concepts will include money,
time, recipes and much more!

Monday, Sept. 12 to Nov. 14
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
LEISR-0070-075, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Introduction to Babysitting
This course will introduce students to best practices associated with being an effective babysitter. Topics such
as basic first aid and planning developmentally appropriate activities will be covered. Students also will learn basic emergency protocols. Supplies will be provided in class.

Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 19
10 a.m. to noon
LEISR-0070-090, $69
Carol Stream Center, Room 123A


Let’s Get Crafting!
This course teaches students about a variety of craft projects, including the basics of knitting and crocheting.
Students also will learn how to read basic knitting patterns. A supply list will be sent to students before class begins.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 9
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
LEISR-0070-030, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123

Nutrition and Health
Students will explore the role nutrition plays in their overall health. Topics include smart food choices, meal planning,food shopping and basic kitchen methods.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Nov. 9
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LEISR-0070-050, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1119

The Creative You—New Class
This class will bring out your creativity. You will have the opportunity to create a variety of crafts, including floral arrangements, decorative laminating and a terrarium. A supply list will be sent to students before class begins.

Friday, Sept. 9 to Nov. 11
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LEISR-0070-095, $199
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128

Animal Care Skills
Pets are like members of our family and deserve to live long, happy lives. In this class, we will discuss companion animals and how to properly care for them.

Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 to Nov. 17
2 to 3:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0071-001, $149
Carol Stream Center (CSC), Room 108

Auto Care Skills I—Back by
popular demand!
This course will introduce students to basic concepts associated with automobile maintenance. Students will
learn about the parts of a car and about tools used to maintain a car. Students also will learn how to check car
fluids and tire pressure.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 10
4 to 5:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0081-001, $299
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Computer Skills I
This class provides an introduction to computer technology and word processing. Instruction includes
an overview of the basic parts of a computer, how to create and edit documents for business and how to use
the internet and email. Prerequisite: Keyboard Skills I or previous keyboard experience.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 10
9 to 10:50 a.m.
VOCSK-0021-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Employment Skills I
This is an introduction to pre-employment skills to prepare
for job placement. Topics include resume writing, job
interviewing and completing job applications.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 10
Noon to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0011-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1134

Food Service Skills I
This course provides basic information required for entry level food service occupations. Included are demonstrations and hands-on learning related to sanitation, safe food
handling, safety, food preparation and cooking.

Friday, Sept. 9 to Oct. 28
10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0041-001, $299
Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1022

General Office Skills I
This class provides an introduction to basic office tasks and the operation of office machines. Topics include filing, mailing, copying, faxing and time management skills.

Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 19 to Nov. 9
11:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
VOCSK-0025-001, $299
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1128


Horticulture Skills II
This course focuses on the care of various plants from propagation to maturity. Emphasis is placed on fall and
winter plants, foliage plants, houseplants, native plants, succulents and cacti. Students will have the opportunity to select plants to propagate and apply their newly acquired skills.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 10
9:30 to 11:20 a.m.
VOCSK-0061-001, $299
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 32

Hospitality Skills II
This class focuses on sanitation basics and customer service. Information related to county and state sanitation requirements for hotels and restaurants – especially in light of COVID19-related protocols – will be covered. Students also will learn about proper greetings, how to answer questions and anticipate guests’ needs, and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Students will have the opportunity to serve guests in the college’s Waterleaf Restaurant.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 to Nov. 10
Noon to 1:50 p.m.
VOCSK-0051-001, $299
Culinary & Hospitality Center (CHC), Room 1020

Vocational Skills

Vocational Skills courses are developmental-level, non-credit courses designed to develop workplace skills that can lead to competitive, entry-level employment and enhance everyday living skills. Most courses meet two days a week, two hours a day for eight weeks on campus in Glen Ellyn. The students are integrated into the College of DuPage campus life by being supported through the student services that are afforded to all COD students.

Literacy

For students interested in building fundamental reading and writing skills, we offer Literacy classes. In a small group setting based on ability level, students develop reading and writing skills and have the opportunity to advance through the curriculum at their own pace.

Reach Out

Aimed at building life skills, Reach Out courses help students develop independence and self-advocacy abilities. Topics covered include living independently, communication skills, current events, managing money, nutrition and health, decision making and goal setting. 

COACH – Career Opportunity ACHievement

COACH is a two-year (four-term), cohort program for adults with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities. COACH has been developed to provide post-transition students with additional educational training aimed at preparing them for meaningful employment. 

Resources

Please see the following for additional resources for adults with disabilities.

Contact Information

Tracy Kline, Program Coordinator
(630) 942-3779
Email: klinet940@cod.edu

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110
(630) 942-2208
Email: ce@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785