A Commitment to Vocational Excellence: The OPTIONS Vocational Program

Empowering Your Journey to Employment

At the OPTIONS Vocational Program, we are committed to equipping students for a successful transition into the professional world. Our comprehensive program is designed to guide students in preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining employment. We understand that the path to a fulfilling career begins with identifying individual interests and nurturing talents.

Exploring Vocational Interests

Our program offers a diverse array of resources to assist students in identifying their areas of vocational interest. We believe that understanding one’s strengths and passions is the foundation for a successful career. Our resources include: 

Career Exploration Activities:

Engaging activities that help students discover their unique interests.

Internship Opportunities:

Real-world experiences to gain practical knowledge and skills.

Job Counseling:

Professional guidance to navigate the job market effectively.

On-the-Job Coaching:

Personalized support to excel in the workplace.

Vocational Seminars: Building a Career Toolkit

Through partnerships within the Southern Illinois community, our Internship Program offers varied and rich opportunities. Students can gain real-world experience in fields like culinary, veterinary, customer service, graphic design, and more.

Seminar offerings:
  • Career Exploration
  • Portfolio Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Customer Service seminars
  • Employment Strategies
  • Interview Basics
  • Job Social Skills
  • Vocational Support
  • Vocational Transitions
Vocational Seminars: Building a Career Toolkit

We offer a range of vocational seminars to prepare our students for the workplace. These seminars, led by our Vocational Coordinator, help students explore their individual vocational interests while learning essential workplace skills.

Seminar offerings:
  • Career Exploration
  • Portfolio Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Workplace Ethics
  • Customer Service seminars
  • Employment Strategies
  • Interview Basics
  • Job Social Skills
  • Vocational Support
  • Vocational Transitions

Guided by Expertise: Our Vocational Coordinator

Our dedicated Vocational Coordinator is here to assist students in finding the right internships, crafting effective portfolios, and mastering job interviews. With their expertise, we ensure that students are well-prepared for the world of work.

Meet our Vocational Coordinator

… how does this tie into our Individualized Instruction model?

Our Vocational Program is invested in identifying each student’s career ambitions and strengthening their skillsets accordingly. Students’ experiences in relevant internship placements are geared toward helping them understand, adapt to, and thrive in their professional lives. We want each student to find both independence and fulfillment in their futures.