STRIVE Program

Vocational Training

STRIVE — Skilled Training Rewarding Independence and Vocational Education


The STRIVE Program consists of a two-year college program for adults with intellectual disabilities. The program will provide vocational training with the end goal of the student obtaining a job. The 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.  

  • 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

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


STRIVE Program Overview

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.

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.

Intro to Customer Service: This course introduces students to the process of providing customer service to a diverse customer base. Upon completion the student should be able to describe the different types of customers; identify customer needs; and determine strategies to provide quality customer service. 

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.

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.



Other STRIVE Courses

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.  

Course Code Number Dates Time(s) Days Location
CEITSC 1091 01 TBA      

This class is designed for students with or developmental disabilities interested in learning and developing healthy living skills by learning to independently prepare healthy meals.  Students will also work towards obtaining their Texas Food Handler certificate.  

Course Code Number Dates Time(s) Days Location
CECHLT 1005 01 TBA