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THE LEARNING DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Chaffey College Disability Programs & Services (DPS) has an off-site program – the Learning Development Center (LDC) is a vocational training program, offering classes and job skills practicum experience to assist students in successful job placement. Students with the potential and desire to obtain competitive – independent, entry level – employment are encouraged to inquire about enrollment.
Job Readiness Courses
Job readiness courses focus on the job skills needed for competitive employment such as communication and interpersonal skills, safety, job search skills, and appropriate workplace behaviors.
DPS 523: Beginning Job Readiness Skills
Open-entry/open-exit self-paced course focused on the introduction of basic job readiness skills to prepare students for competitive employment. Course goals include: understanding appropriate workplace expectations, exercising positive communication skills, identifying entry level job safety principles, explaining appropriate interaction skills for workplace settings, and identifying basic life skills related to successful employment.
DPS 524: Intermediate Job Readiness Skills
Open-entry/open-exit self-paced course focused on intermediate job readiness skills to further prepare students for competitive employment. Course goals include: Understanding employer expectations and beginning to distinguish appropriate workplace behaviors, establishing the foundation for realistic job goals and preparing job search information, generalizing safety standards between varieties of entry level job activities, relating various life skills to appropriate employment settings, and demonstrating appropriate interactive communication skills.
DPS 525: Advanced Job Readiness Skills
Open-entry/open-exit self-paced course focused on advanced job readiness skills for competitive employment. Course goals include: relating information in order to engage in the practical application of advanced job readiness skills, identifying the methods and techniques necessary for obtaining employment, displaying appropriate workplace behaviors and communication skills for successful job retention, integrating information from job search activities to develop a job plan, and demonstrating effective job interviewing techniques.
DPS 526: Mastery of Job Readiness Skills
Open-entry/open-exit self-paced course focused on job placement skills for obtaining competitive employment. Course goals include: evaluating and applying effective job placement skills to conduct a successful job search, interpreting and utilizing the methods and techniques necessary for obtaining employment, modeling appropriate workplace behaviors for successful job retention and potential promotion, choosing announcements and opportunities that match interests and skills, and selecting jobs to apply for and actively pursuing competitive employment.
The Job Skills Practicum Lab is used as a means to provide hands-on job skills training in a simulated work environment including, but not limited to, activities in the areas of Food Services, Janitorial Skills, and Customer Service/Retail/Warehouse. Along with the Job Readiness Courses, this allows us to assess whether or not a student is “job ready” through an evaluation of the appropriate behaviors and attitudes necessary for success and retention in the workplace. Job Skills Practicum Lab Courses include:
DPS 576: Beginning Job Skills Practicum Lab
Open-entry/open-exit self paced course focused on the introduction of basic hands-on job skills to prepare students for competitive employment.
DPS 577: Intermediate Job Skills Practicum Lab
Open-entry/open-exit self paced course focused on intermediate hands-on job skills to further prepare students for competitive employment.
DPS 578: Advanced Job Skills Practicum Lab
Open-entry/open-exit self paced course focused on advanced hands-on job skills for competitive employment.
DPS 579: Mastery of Job Skills Practicum Lab Open-entry/open-exit self paced course focused on hands-on job skills for obtaining job skills for obtaining job placement in competitive employment.
The Workability III (WAIII) program at Chaffey College gives students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a wide range of employment services as they seek to further their vocational goals. Through a cooperative partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation, the program provides Employment Services including Employment Intakes, Employment Preparation, Job Development and Placement, Work Experience and Employment Retention.
If you are a DOR client, contact your DOR Counselor who will help provide the link to WAIII services at Chaffey College or inquire about WAIII services by contacting the Workability III Generalist or a DPS Counselor.
WAIII Job Club:
DOR refers clients who have been identified as “job ready” to Work Ability III.
Employment preparation focuses on topics such as resume development, job search skills, personal appearance, positive self-presentation, job applications, interview skills, and skills required for job retention.
Goal: job placement
WAIII Job Readiness Program:
Students who have been identified as “job ready” in first or second semester are referred by the Dept. of Rehabilitation.
Specifically designed for students who have the potential for competitive employment and who are within one or two semesters of completing a vocational or academic program at Chaffey College.
Students who are seeking employment commensurate with their skills.
Employment preparation class also focuses on topics listed above, as well as the WAIII Job Skills Practicum Lab (Advanced/Mastery) for volunteer work experience and training in a simulated work environment. Additional opportunities on campus and in the community will be sought to assist students increase their marketable skills for employment.
Participation in an active job search is required!
The primary goal of the program is the transition and retention of students with disabilities in competitive employment. In addition to certified disability verification, the only criterion for enrollment is that the student must have the potential for competitive employment. Students may be enrolled on a trial basis to make this determination.
Former LDC Student, Gregory T., recently came back to speak to our students and tell them about how he got his first job as a Receiving Associate (unloading trucks) at Walmart after obtaining job skills training at the LDC and then went on to enlist in the US Navy. Gregory recently completed Navy Hospital Corpsman training. He talked about staying focused on his goals, not giving up, realizing that we all learn differently, and recognizing the value of what he learned at the LDC as he applied it in a real work setting. He shared about the true value of work experience, and how his job at Walmart prepared him for the military and taught him to push through adversity.
Sarah M. enrolled in LDC classes in the Fall of 2011 and completed 5 semesters in the job readiness program while also attending Chaffey College to obtain her Certificate in Computer Science. After applying for tons of jobs, she was hired as a Dishwasher at Doubletree in December of 2013. For several years, Sarah was determined to obtain a full-time position with benefits, and her diligence, hard work, and determination paid off. When she started at Doubletree she had some short term job coaching to help her improve her speed, and now more than a year later she not only does dishwashing but she also assists the Chef as a prep cook as needed. Sarah is known as the employee who always shows up – she is the first one to get called when the Chef is in a crunch!
Complete a Pre-intake Appointment at the LDC with the Workability Generalist. To schedule an appointment call 909-652-7675. This includes a tour of the facility and overview of the program. Bring a copy of your most recent psychological/psycho-educational evaluation and IEP for Disability Verification to your Pre-intake Appointment.
Complete the assessment test. To schedule an appointment call 909-652-7675.
Complete an Intake Appointment with a DPS Counselor at the Rancho Cucamonga, Chino or Fontana campus. The Counselor will create an Ed Plan and discuss appropriate accommodations. To schedule an appointment call 909-652-7675.