All About The OCS Program

The Occupational Course of Study (OCS) is designed to provide a sound foundation in preparation for adult living for students with disabilities. Through participation in a vocationally oriented curriculum and in relevant work experiences, students learn skills necessary to enter the world of work, retain employment, and seek other employment throughout their adult lives. The OCS is designed to provide eligible students as determined by the IEP Team, the skills needed to develop a foundation for work. This course of Study consists of three components: (1) functional curriculum, (2) job training, and (3) competitive work experiences. The program addresses the aptitudes that are necessary for successful adult living and employment. Students follow a course of study that emphasizes integration into the working community after high school graduation.

A student must have a current Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to be eligible to enroll in any of the courses listed in this section. The coursework for the Occupational Course of Study students began implementation of major changes in 2010-2011 in order to meet Federal Guidelines for No Child Left Behind accountability. Under the new guidelines, OCS students must take the courses below; several will include elements of the new Common Core Standards combined or "crosswalked" with the current North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The new Common Core Standards will include a deep understanding of thinking and questioning based on the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.

Students following the Occupational Course of Study must pass the following classes:

· 4 English credits which shall be:

a. Occupational Course of Study English I (State Exam Required)

b. Occupational Course of Study English II (State Exam Required)

c. Occupational Course of Study English III (State Exam Required)

d. Occupational Course of Study English IV (State Exam Required)

· 3 Mathematics credits which shall be:

a. Occupational Course of Study Introduction to Mathematics

b. Occupational Course of Study Math 1 (State Exam Required)

c. Occupational Course of Study Financial Management

· 2 Science credits which shall be:

a. Occupational Course of Study Applied Science

b. Occupational Course of Study Biology (State Exam Required)

· 2 Social Studies credits which shall be:

a. Occupational Course of Study American History I (State Exam Required)

b. Occupational Course of Study American History II (State Exam Required)

· 1 Health and Physical Education credit

· 10 Occupational Preparation Education credits, which shall be Occupational Preparation I, II, III, and IV (i.e, completion of 300 hours of school-based training, 240 hours of community-based training, and 360 hours of paid employment)

· 4 Career/Technical Education Elective credits

· A career portfolio

· Completion of the student's IEP objectives