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 it's 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.