DSS Classes are non-credit college classes funded through the North Orange County Community College (the College District's budget with resources from the State of California). These classes are designed as an accommodation for students with ID (Intellectual Disabilities) and other disabilities with similar needs (students with ID in the more mild range).
Promoting independence at school, work, and in the community is the ultimate goal of our program. Students become more independent and increase their skills when they are put in a position of being responsible for themselves. We see tremendous growth and maturity in our students.
How To Get Started
Students meet with the DSS counselor to select 1-3 classes that meet their educational, vocational, and/or personal goals. The classes are geared for students to be as independent as possible in classes at a 1:24 ratio.
- Students are not supervised during breaks or lunches
- Students are strongly encouraged to only be on campus when they have a lawful purpose.
- The classes are scheduled similar to a typical college class, for example:
- Monday/Wednesday 9:00 -11:30 or Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 3:00
- All programs require core classes as well as courses clustered in tracks based on the student's educational, vocational, lifeskills goal(s).
All DSS students are required to take core classes in social skills and self-advocacy.
Students can then choose one or more of the following tracks, based on their goals:
Academic Skills Track
The Academic Skills Track includes courses in reading and consumer skills.
Interpersonal Skills Track
The Interpersonal Skills Track includes courses in relationships and sexuality.
Computer Skills Track
The Computer Skills Track includes courses in basic computers, intermediate computers, basic Microsoft Office, and basic Photoshop.
The Employment Skills Track includes courses in occupational skills, communication on the job, workplace skills training, and community resources.
The Lifeskills Track includes courses in basic cooking, living more independently, personal finance, and community resources.