Based on individual goals and needs, programming may include some or all of the following components:
Practical academics and technological skills are infused throughout our programming, with content centering on real world applications and skills relevant to young adults. In addition, students have the opportunity to take college level coursework for the purpose of developing transferable skills in the areas of social communication, personal organization and responsibility, as well as to spark intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
Educationally based social skills workshops help students improve their understanding of social behaviors, enhance perspective taking and problem solving skills, and develop social and professional communication skills for the workplace. Based on individualized transition goals, students have the option to develop peer connections, while exploring new or existing interests through participation in any of Bergen Community College’s Clubs, Associations, and Organizations, as well as through engagement in programs offered by the Office of Student Life.
Independent Living Skills
To promote the highest level of independence possible, participants learn independent living skills, including: personal organization, time management, budgeting skills, transportation/travel skills, and habits for healthy living. As soft skills are essential employability skills in today’s competitive workplace, students receive soft skills training, with an emphasis on developing self-advocacy and communication skills, as well as problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Pre-Employment Skills and Vocational Services
Participants receive career assessments and interest inventories to assist with clarifying strengths, interests, and vocational and employment goals. To gain valuable pre-employment and employability skills, students learn career research skills, resume writing skills, and how to conduct job searches and complete the job application and interview process. Further, the Center offers seminars and workshops to develop workplace etiquette, professionalism, self-advocacy in the workplace, and skills for building positive relationships with co-workers and employers.
Career Pathway Credentialing Courses
Based on individualized goals, students have the opportunity to participate in a career pathway credentialing course and may graduate with professional industry recognized credentials through the Division of Continuing Education or other credentialing agency.
Internships, Mentoring, and Job Coaching
To further their readiness for today’s competitive workforce, students have the opportunity to participate in on-campus internships supported by a job coach, who assists them with developing the interpersonal and workforce skills needed to successfully transition to their internship. Further, job coaches support students as they transition to their career pathway credentialing course and workplace setting. Mentors provide additional support, guidance, and modeling to assist students with program coursework, on-campus internships, and making connections to campus events and clubs.