Life Skills | OCTC

Life Skills

Students with intellectual disabilities can attend college to improve employ-ability and explore career opportunities.

Program Contact
Amy Fogle Stiff
Program Coordinator
(270) 686-4556
GET STARTED TODAY (270) 686-4400


What is Life Skills Certificate?

OCTC’s CLS Certificate program provides students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience while gaining independence and workforce readiness skills. The CLS program exemplifies OCTC’s commitment to a culture of inclusion.

The Career and Life Skills (CLS) program is suited for students with intellectual disabilities seeking to gain independence and learn skills for use in the workforce. All CLS students will have at least one mentor who will help facilitate the person-centered planning process and connect students with campus life, extracurricular, and social engagement activities. In addition, they may serve as a future reference for the student, as the mentor will play an essential role in the competency-based assessment of the overall program objectives.

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Getting Started

How can I apply?

  • Apply for admission to OCTC and choose "Career and Life Skills" as your certificate.
  • Request your high school transcripts be sent to OCTC.
  • Contact the CLS Program Coordinator, Amy Fogle Stiff for the separate program application.
  • Obtain a recommendation from an educator, support services provider, or advocate.

How Do I Pay For This?

Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA at to determine eligibility for federal and/or state financial aid. Kentucky high school graduates are eligible to access their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). As a CTP program, Kentucky graduates are eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship.

Call our Financial Aid Office at (270) 686-4520 or email to ask questions or set up an appointment with a Financial Aid Specialist!

What Else Do I Need to Know?

What classes will I take?

Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
FYE 100: College Success Strategies 1
GEN 102: Foundations of Learning 3
OST 105: Intro to Information Systems (Digital Literacy Course) 3
Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
GEN 175: Career and Life Skills Development 3
EX 196: Experiential Education (or course selected in consultation with advisor) 3
Fall Semester
Course Credit Hours
EX 196: Experiential Education (or course selected in consultation with advisor 1-3
Course Selected in consultation with advisor 1-3
Spring Semester
Course Credit Hours
GEN 276: Employment and Professional Skills 3
Course selected in consultation with advisor 1-3

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