These courses are designed for adults with developmental and/or intellectual differences who have an interest in finding realistic and meaningful employment. Many of these courses are also appropriate for students with “hidden” differences including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc. (speak to your DSPS counselor for options). It is recommended that students have a working knowledge of basic English reading and writing skills.

The Career Exploration and Planning Program is designed for students who want to learn more about themselves and explore different career options. Students must receive at least 70% in both classes in order to receive a certificate.

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Complete the following courses to earn a certificate!

Required Courses (complete courses in this order):

  • DSPS 1001 Career Exploration
    In this introspective course you will examine your own interests, values, and skills to determine a meaningful career path. You will also analyze your wants and needs of the job as well as barriers that may be keeping you from getting employment.
  • DSPS 1002 Career Planning
    In this course, you will take your knowledge from DSPS 1001 to research the job options you found and decide what type of job you think you would like to apply for. You will then begin setting goals to get ready for the application process.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses. 

Request Your Certificate

If you have completed and passed all of the required courses, submit the petition form “Petition for Certificate of Completion."

Petition for Certificate of Completion

Steps to Get Started

Use the guide below to start the Career Exploration & Planning Program and/or to take any of the additional courses for adults with disabilities. For more detailed instructions, go to How to Take Noncredit Classes

  1. Check course availability in Schedule of Classes

    To find courses in the class schedule, look for the subject “Disabled Stud Prog & Serv NC”.

    Go to Class Schedule

  2. What type of student are you?

    Follow these steps if you are new to PCC OR returning after an absence of 1 or more major semester(s):

    1. Apply to Noncredit
      • Create an OpenCCC account if you don’t have one already.

    2. Receive Welcome Letter via email

    3. Activate your LancerPoint account

    4. Check your Registration Status Date in LancerPoint

    5. Register for classes in LancerPoint using CRN# 

    Follow these steps if you are a current or continuing PCC student (noncredit or credit):

    1. Check your Registration Status Date in LancerPoint

    2. Register for classes in LancerPoint using CRN#