The Occupational Course of Study is designed for a small number of students with disabilities who need a course of study that focuses on post-school employment. The decision for a student to enroll in the Occupational Course of Study is made at the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team meeting, which includes the student and parents. The IEP Team has to agree that the North Carolina Common Core Standards are inappropriate for the student even with the use of modifications, adaptations, supplemental aids, and services. Students in an Occupational Course of Study learn skills in high school to gain
immediate employment upon graduation.