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Penn State Harrisburg

Career Studies

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Linda O Rhen
Penn State Harrisburg
W331P Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6638

Capital College

Career Studies (CARSTD)

The Career Studies Inclusive Post-Secondary program provides the opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to complete customer relations and, life transitions coursework, explore career opportunities in the workplace, enroll as a non-degree student in at least one academic credit course per semester, and participate in campus activities. Academic and social support is provided by peer mentors. A job coach/employment specialist provides vocational support. Students will be engaged in Customer Relations and Life Transitions coursework, academic courses, campus activities, vocational field trips for 20-30 hours per week. The program follows the academic calendar and is a two year (four semester) program. 

Individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-25, are eligible to apply to the program. Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school may enroll through their school district, charter school or cyber charter school. Students must be able to navigate the Penn State Harrisburg campus, have basic safety skills in unsupervised settings, and support from family. A personal desire to gain necessary skills for self-determination and employment is highly desirable. Applicants must submit an application that contains student centered information, three recommendations, and documentation of disability. 


REQUIRED COURSES (0.1-35 units)

BESC 6000(0.1-35), BESC 6008(0.1-35), BESC 6009(0.1-35), BESC 6007(3-10)

Students audit at least one 3-credit class per semester. In semester 1 and 2, students attend at least one freshman seminar event and 1 other campus event. In semester 3, students attend at least two campus events. 


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