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Vocational Training


Skilled Training Rewarding Independence and Vocational Education 

The STRIVE Program consist of a 2 year college program for adults with intellectual disabilities.  The program will provide vocational training with the end goal of the student obtaining a job. This is not an accredited college degree program.  Upon completing the program, each student will receive a certificate of completion. Students who have completed the program may also attend the graduation ceremony that is held in May or December.

An admission application and interview is required before registration.  One must demonstrate the minimal requirements below to be selected for admission and interview.

Minimal Requirements:

  • At least 3rd grade reading level and/or compensatory comprehension skills
  • Basic math understanding and ability to use a calculator
  • Ability to function independently for a period of time
  • Can follow directions, accepts authority; no severe behavior or emotional problems
  • Can handle and adapt to change; not overly stressed
  • Ability to be successful in competitive employment situations
  • Desire and motivation to complete a post-secondary program
  • Minimum 18 years of age at the start of the program
  • Must have work and/or volunteer experience
  • Must have access to dependable transportation

Program Length:

Day or evening courses are available in the level I program and may be completed in less than two years. 

Required Courses:     

Career Exploration/Planning (48 contact hours-3 hours per week)

This course is designed to help students become more aware of themselves as an individual, and to develop a strong and confident identity. They will define their values, opinions, and interests. Students become aware of their own personality traits, how they are seen by others, and how their traits will benefit them in a workplace.  By the end of this course, students will be able to identify career options and aptitudes; explain the nature of the career decision-making process and its ongoing application.  Students will develop a resume and cover letter; demonstrate interviewing skills; and describe follow-up procedures.

Communication Skills for the Workplace (40 contact hours-2.5 hours per week)

Students will focus primarily on developing reading and writing skills needed to live independently and seek competitive employment.  Content will include, but not limited to the following:  identifying and using workplace vocabulary following written directions, resume writing, completing job applications, reading employment ads, and reading and interpreting various works of literature. Once the students complete this course, they will be able to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate examples of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and computational skills. Students will be able to demonstrate these skills as required by business and industry.

Interpersonal Skills (32 contact hours-2 hours per week) The students will learn to identify proper attire and grooming habits appropriate for work. Students will be able to demonstrate acceptable methods for expressing opinions, negotiating and being a contributing member of a team. Students will explore their personal strengths and abilities and how these attributes may be applied to various forms of employment.  Students will develop a personal career profile to keep track of potential job opportunities and will track progress toward a career goal.

Occupational Math (40 contact hours-2.5 hours per week)

The student will be introduced to math skills applicable to business and industry for successful on-the-job performance.  This course is also designed to prepare students with basic money skills including money value, money handling, shopping, budgeting, paying bills, and banking.                    

Internet Basics (32 contact hours-2 hours per week)

This class will introduce the student to the Internet including email, home page, and how to perform basic research to address individual/company/business needs.  Students will also be exposed to various forms of technology used in everyday life; including those used for social networking, organization and entertainment.  Students will also learn to utilize work related pieces of technology including fax machine, scanner, and copier.

Professional Workforce Preparation (48 contact hours-3 hours per week)

This course is designed to prepare the student for career success including ethics, interpersonal relations, professional attire, and advancement.  This course will further develop students' abilities to identify and pursue appropriate career options.  Students build their job readiness skills including understanding employer expectations and navigating the social demands of work.  Students are required to participate in college and community career exploration experiences to reinforce concepts as well as structured work-shadowing opportunities.

Introduction to Environmental Studies and Current Issues (32 contact hours-6 hours per week)

This course will provide an overview of environmental science and current global concerns, and a brief history of environmental ethics, resource use, and conservation. The students will learn about the fundamental principles of resource economics and environmental health. Students will learn about current local, state and national issues that impact their daily lives. Students will explore ways to become an active citizen in their local communities.

Safety and Accident Prevention (15 contact hours-3 hours per week)

Students will learn to recognize common occupational hazards and describe the components of effective workplace design and accident prevention programs.  Students will also demonstrate correct selection and safe use of personal protective equipment.

Job Search and Employment Skills (32 contact hours-2 hours per week)

This course allows students to practice skills to seek and obtain employment in business and industry.   Students will engage in projects that demonstrate the relationship and relevance of academics to life experiences and career choices.  Students will assess career aptitudes, describe job search procedures, prepare employment documents, and complete a professional portfolio.

Professionalism in the Workplace (40 contact hours-2.5 hours per week)

Students will apply problem-solving techniques to complete tasks; identify attitudes and values that contribute to effective work habits; demonstrate how to work as part of a team; exhibit business etiquette, workplace civility, and ethics; and demonstrate workplace attire.

Wellness and Health Promotion (48 contact hours-3 hours per week)

This course is designed to expose the students to good health and hygiene practices necessary to living independently.  Topics include caring for self; demonstrating awareness of nutritional values of food, personal safety, diet and meal selection, exercise, understanding the body and its needs, basic first aid, and physical, mental, and emotional changes that occur during growth and development.  The students will define wellness and health promotion; explain personal, social, cultural, nutritional and environment components of wellness; correlate concepts of wellness and health lifestyle; develop specific health promotion strategies for various populations including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies; recognize and respond to beliefs, values, culture, and languages of the population served; and evaluate the success of existing and newly developed health promotion strategies.

Cooperative Learning (150 hours at work site)  

As outlined in the learning plan, students will apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.


Request more information at or call 281.756.3787

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Address: 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Telephone: (281) 756-3500

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