Occupational & Life Skills

OLS at Bellevue College is an innovative 90 credit associates degree program unlike any other program in the nation.

This program gives adults with cognitive disabilities the opportunity to acquire an accredited college degree that leads to post-graduation employment rates well above the national average. The curriculum is occupational and life skills based taught through scaffolded instruction and universal design.

All OLS courses focus on developing critical thinking skills, soft skills, and self-determination skills. Courses incorporate service learning in the community with local businesses as a way to help students utilize new skills outside of the classroom. Students create a career pathway throughout the program that is specific to their self-identified skills, strengths, and passions.

An internship of 200 hours related to that career pathway is completed during their last two quarters. This internship is mutually beneficial for both the business partner and the intern. Some internships translate into jobs and most students are employed in their career pathway within three months after graduation.

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Associate Degree
Occupational and Life Skills

This is a non-transfer degree.

Completion Worksheet

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Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
OLS 100 Nutrition Health & Fitness I 2
OLS 101 Nutrition Health & Fitness II 2
OLS 102 Human Sexuality & Body Awareness 2
OLS 104 Disability Awareness 2
OLS 105 Introduction to Communication 2
OLS 106 Communication in the Workplace 2
OLS 107 Healthy Relationships 2
OLS 110 Learning Strategies 2
OLS 111 Learning Strategies in the College Environment 2
OLS 112 News for Daily Living 3
OLS 113 Critical Thinking through Writing 2
OLS 114 Media Advertising 2
OLS 120 Personal Finance I 2
OLS 121 Personal Finance II 2
OLS 122 Personal Finance III 2
OLS 123 Environment and Our Community I 2
OLS 124 Environment and Our Community II 2
OLS 125 Environment and Our Community III 2
OLS 126 Cultural Awareness 2
OLS 130 Critical Thinking through Science 2
OLS 134 Social Change in America 2
OLS 136 Citizenship 2
OLS 140 Introduction to Computers 2
OLS 141 Computer Fundamentals 2
OLS 142 Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
OLS 143 Career Portfolio 2
OLS 144 Office Procedures and Customer Service 2
OLS 170 Self Determination 2
OLS 171 Self Determination in the Workplace 2
OLS 172 Workplace Problem Solving 2
OLS 174 Career Exploration 3
OLS 175 Field Experience I 4
OLS 176 Field Experience II 4
OLS 177 Workplace Readiness 2
OLS 179 Controversial Issues in the Workplace 2
OLS 180 Independent Study 2
Choose 5 credits from the following PE electives: 5
OLS 150 Strength and Fitness (1 Cr)
OLS 151 Self Defense for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 152 Tai Chi for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 153 Qigong for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 154 Martial Arts for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 155 Yoga for Life Balance (1 Cr)
Choose 6 credits from the following PE electives: 6
OLS 160 Visual Thinking I (2 Cr)
OLS 161 Visual Thinking II (2 Cr)
OLS 162 Radio Theatre (2 Cr)
OLS 163 Critical Thinking through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 164 Historical Analysis through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 165 World Culture Analysis through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 166 Music Appreciation (2 Cr)

Course Information

The Associate in Occupational and Life Skills (OLS) is a 90-credit degree designed to be completed in four years with a course load of 9
credits per quarter. Course descriptions and sequences.

Admissions to the Program

The Occupational and Life Skills Associate in Arts degree is a selective-admissions program. To be considered for acceptance into the
program, students must follow specific admission guidelines. Current information.

Assessment

OLS uses a grading system that measures performance indicators directly related to 21st Century Skills and Bellevue College approved
course outcomes. All courses for OLS are graded Pass/Fail. Detailed information can be found online.

Internships

The internship experience at OLS is designed to provide a safe and practical environment for students to develop a deeper understanding of
the occupational and interpersonal skills they have learned. Detailed information.

Certificate of Achievement
Occupational and Life Skills

BC General Education requirements embedded in this degree are designed to address areas of specific requirements that ensure that
students’ learning experience prepares them to build fulfilling and successful lives as individuals, workers, citizens, and life-long learners. All
coursework applied to this certificate must be approved by program chair. Submit completed form to Enrollment Services when applying for
graduation.Related instruction for BC Certificate of Achievement: Programs of study which are an academic year or more in length for which certificates
are granted contain a recognizable body of instruction in program-related areas of 1) communication, 2) computation 3) human relations.
Instruction may be either embedded within the program curriculum or taught in blocks of specialized instruction. Additional topics which
are covered as appropriate include safety, industrial safety, and environmental awareness.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with occupational and life skills enumerated in OLS Performance Indicators
  • Demonstrate professional interactions through actively and effectively participating in group collaboration
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in life choices and responsibilities
  • Apply personal health, nutrition, environment, and finance principles to make healthy life choices
  • Apply social thinking skills to various social situations in the working environment and in the community
  • Disclose aspects of one’s personal disability as appropriate in any given situation
  • Employ skills to complete job search and hiring process in a professional manner
  • Interview for a job effectively and professionally
  • Maintain a job related to personal career pathway for an extended period of time using the skills learned in OLS
  • Advocate for appropriate accommodations on a job or in the community
  • Courses may be subject to prerequisites and minimum grade requirements. Check online!

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
OLS 100 Nutrition Health & Fitness I 2
OLS 102 Human Sexuality & Body Awareness 2
OLS 104 Disability Awareness 2
OLS 105 Introduction to Communication 2
OLS 106 Communication in the Workplace 2
OLS 107 Healthy Relationships 2
OLS 110 Learning Strategies 2
OLS 111 Learning Strategies in the College Environment 2
OLS 112 News for Daily Living 3
OLS 120 Personal Finance I 2
OLS 130 Critical Thinking through Science 2
OLS 140 Introduction to Computers 2
OLS 141 Computer Fundamentals 2
OLS 143 Career Portfolio 2
OLS 170 Self Determination 2
OLS 171 Self Determination in the Workplace 2
OLS 174 Career Exploration 3
Choose 5 credits from the following PE electives: 5
OLS 150 Strength and Fitness (1 Cr)
OLS 151 Self Defense for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 152 Tai Chi for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 153 Qigong for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 154 Martial Arts for Mind and Body (1 Cr)
OLS 155 Yoga for Life Balance (1 Cr)
Choose 6 credits from the following PE electives: 6
OLS 158 Introduction to the Theater (2 Cr)
OLS 159 Introduction to Acting (2 Cr)
OLS 160 Visual Thinking I (2 Cr)
OLS 161 Visual Thinking II (2 Cr)
OLS 162 Radio Theatre (2 Cr)
OLS 163 Critical Thinking through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 164 Historical Analysis through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 165 World Culture Analysis through Film (2 Cr)
OLS 166 Music Appreciation (2 Cr)

Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

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Last Updated September 11, 2015