Occupational Course of Study

  • The Occupational Course of Study, or OCS, is an alternative to the Future Ready Core Course of study that results in a student earning a high school diploma based on adapted courses. OCS prepares students for employment and is not appropriate for any student considering enrolling in a community college or four-year university. 
    Students in OCS are required to pass and/or complete all of the following requirements:
    • English--English I, II, III, and IV
    • Mathematics--Introduction to Mathematics, Algebra I, and Financial Management
    • Science--Applied Science, Biology
    • Social Studies--American History I and II
    • Occupational Preparation I, II, III, IV
    • Health/Physical Education
    • 4 Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses
    • 300 hours of school-based vocational training
    • 240 hours of comunnity-based vocational training
    • 360 hours of competitive employment
    • Completion of a Career Portfolio containing all the required components
    • Completion of a computer skills proficiency requirement established by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team
    This course of study requires families work collaboratively and cooperatively with the school in assisting the student in obtaining competitive employment. This may include, but is not limited to, participation in planning transitions, follow-up on referrals to outside agencies, providing transportation outside school hours, and assisting the student in completing all paperwork from the school and all service providers. 
    Due to the rigorous requirements of OCS students may take more than four years to the complete the program. Once a student completes all OCS requirements the student must graduate even if they are not yet 22 years old. Students in OCS also have the option of exiting high school with a certificate of achievement and a transcript, but only if all OCS requirements are met other than the competitive employment requirements. 
    If you feel OCS is an appropriate option for your student, please contact your student's IEP case manager.