Vocational Training-STRIVE

Vocational Training

STRIVE — Skilled Training Rewarding Independence and Vocational Education


STEAM Course

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math is a dynamic course designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to learn basic programming skills, robot, building, digital game creation and various scientific experiments, while incorporating art and design elements.

Dates Time Days Location
1/12/2022 - 3/2/2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM W H131
3/23/2022 - 5/18/2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM W H131

Register through WebACCess, Topic Code "STRIVE students only," Location "ACC Main Campus"  

Program Description

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 will attend the graduation ceremony that is held in May.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2022 semester. 

Admission Requirements

  • Program application
  • Interview with program
  • 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

STRIVE is a two year program with a combination of morning and afternoon classes broken down into two levels.

Program Overview

Semester One

Interpersonal Skills: This course is the study of factors in positive relationships.

Communication Skills for the Workplace: This course addresses essential listening, speaking, reading, writing and computational skills.

Career Exploration and Planning: An Introductory course in career exploration, educational planning, and job searching.

Semester Two

Occupational Math: The student will be introduced to math skills applicable to business and industry for successful on-the-job performance.

Professionalism in the Workplace (Preparation): This course is designed to prepare the student for career success including ethics, interpersonal relations, professional attire, and advancement.

Internet Basics: This class will introduce the student to the internet including email, home page, and how to perform basic research to address individuals/company/business needs.

Semester Three

Community Ethics: In this class students will identify community resources and learn the role of ethics as it pertains to health care and community settings including ethical decision-making.

Semester Four

Wellness Health and Promotion: This course is designed to expose the student to good health and hygiene practices necessary to living independently.

Job Search and Employment Skills: Students will complete standard employment applications, demonstrate interviewing skills, and discuss the job search process.

Professionalism in the Workplace: Develop entry-level skills for the workforce. Includes professionalism, interpersonal skills communications, workplace civility, and employability skills.

Semester Five

Enhancing Workplace Communication: Focuses on the principles of communication to facilitate sending and receiving various forms of written and spoken communication in the workplace.

Work Diversity: Examines gender, cultural background, age and other factors effecting coworker/client relationships. Includes behavioral expectations and standards in the business environment.

Occupational Safety and Health: Students will learn to recognize common occupational hazards and describe the components of effective workplace design and accident prevention programs.


Request more information at strive@alvincollege.edu or call 281.756.3787

Register in the H Building, Room 103.

Download the course application (required).