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OLS: A Turn Key Model. Adults with cognitive disabilities in multiple communities across the nation are often under educated, unemployed or under employed.  Some individuals attempt community college and drop out after being unsuccessful.  Others are moving from one low paying job to another usually because the work culture is not understood.  Many are living at home with families unsure of the next steps in life.  OLS could be the answer!


This program gives adults with cognitive disabilities the opportunity to earn an associate degree, achieve gainful employment, and become self-sufficient contributing citizens.  It is the only program of its kind in the nation and the outcomes are exemplary. Graduation employment rate is at 85%, compared to the national average of 26% with similar disabilities.  OLS at Bellevue College is recognized nationally as a best-practice program and wants to share this success by working with like-minded entrepreneurial institutions to replicate OLS on their college campus.    

Experience OLS Attendees

Experience OLS Attendees

OLS National Network wants to thank Aims Community College, Centralia College, Lewis and Clark Community College, Midlands Technical College, and Nicolet College for attending our first Experience OLS Conference! We were excited to explore with these colleges the possibility of replicating OLS on their college campuses.

Our next Experience OLS event is scheduled for October 7th & 8th, 2015. Click HERE if you’re interested in learning more. 

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OLS College Program Goes National

Bellevue College’s Occupational Life Skills program offers training and an associate’s degree for students with learning disabilities. Since December of 2006, BC has been offering the OLS program to students in the Bellevue community. The program helps students develop their pathway, expand their interpersonal skills, volunteer in their community and participate in internships.

Recently two other schools, the Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, and the Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville have explored creating OLS programs of their own to provide opportunities for education to more people within their community. Both schools will be running pilot programs in the fall.

BC’s OLS National Director Marci Muhlestein said “we are giving other colleges an opportunity to replicate this program and have the same successes, which means more adults employed around the nation."

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Where should OLS be next?

Are you a potential student, parent, educator or professional that would like OLS to be replicated in your area? Please send us an e-mail including where you are located and why OLS would be a great addition in your area of the country.  Your requests will assist us in locating the next higher education institution to replicate OLS! OLSNational@bellevuecollege.edu