ARCedu provides a structured curriculum which allows students to gain basic skills in a particular field, helping make them stronger candidates for job placement. The curriculum consists of classroom training as well as hands-on experience. ARCedu involves five 6-week courses in specific areas, based on areas of interest identified by students attending their last high school year. Successful students receive a Certificate of Completion for the course. The first 6-week course offered is in industrial/light assembly, building on The Arc of Rock Island County’s expertise in this area. Subsequent courses relate to the areas of retail and customer service, clerical, food service, housekeeping and custodial, data entry, and landscaping. Curriculum components are tailored to specific job skills and job related issues for each of the five areas and include topics which carry across curricula such as: dressing for success, resume building, time management, and managing conflict in the work place. The courses include pairing students with business mentors in the particular field and job shadowing. This allows individuals the opportunity to interact with business professionals and build a network with adult individuals with developmental disabilities.
Submitted by The Arc of Rock Island County.