OASIS Program at Mercyhurst North East 1

This one-year to two-year program gives adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities the opportunity to earn a proficiency-based certificate in a college setting. The unique, non-credit program gives students the opportunity to learn academic and vocational skills alongside traditional students pursuing similar vocational interests. Students are also provided the opportunity to learn important social and ldquosoftrdquo skills that are pivotal for employment.

Who can apply?
The OASIS Program is geared toward adults ages 18 and up with documented intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Students who attend the OASIS Program typically had an IEP or 504 Plan in school. They do not meet the general admissions requirements for Mercyhurst Universityrsquos traditional degree or certificate programs ndash or they feel strongly that they would not be successful in pursuing such a degree.

Participants need to have some basic math and reading skills and be able to perform all physical lab and related tasks safely. Participants must have some form of functional communication that they can engage in within a variety of environments. Successful participants will also have developed ways to appropriately manage their behavior in stressful or unexpected situations. Participants need to be able to manage themselves appropriately when left unattended.

Participants that are interested in living on campus must have demonstrated the ability to care for themselves without the direct/regular assistance of an attending adult.

What does the program include?
OASIS students will spend time each week at the beautiful Mercyhurst North East campus attending college classes. During class time, OASIS students are accompanied by program staff who take notes and adapt assignments. In class, students will learn basic skills that are applicable to their vocational path. During tutorial sessions, students will have the opportunity to review course material with the assistance of mentors and other program staff. Additionally, tutorial sessions will cover the introduction and instruction of additional social and vocational skills. Skills such as introductions and social engagement, searching and applying for jobs, and basic job interview preparation are highlights of the year-long tutorial curriculum.

All OASIS students will complete a 60-hour internship upon completion of their in-class instruction. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony in the summer.

What are the other benefits?
OASIS students are provided with a Mercyhurst ID, which grants them access to the e bus service, free of charge. They can also enjoy university facilities and services including the library, swimming pool, social events hosted by student government, and more!

Provider Information
Katie A. Huba
6 W. Division Street,North East,PA