Skills for Work. Skills for Life.

Occupational & Life Skills Bellevue College (OLSBC) is an associate degree program for students with learning disabilities.

In our uniquely supportive skills-based program, students apply academic knowledge through community activities, service learning and social experiences. Students identify a career pathway, gain marketable, workplace-ready competencies, develop better interpersonal skills and complete an internship in alignment with their career goals.

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Our program was founded over 15 years ago by a group of parents and Bellevue College staff. Bellevue College was approved to offer an Associate Degree in Occupational and Life Skills (OLS) in 2006.

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To allow for more individualized support, we have an average of 16 students per class. Up to 36 students are admitted each fall.

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85% of our graduates are employed or continuing their education after graduation, higher than the national employment rate for workers with disabilities. 30% enjoy upward mobility in their career.

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Students complete a 250+ hour
internship with a local business in the student’s chosen career path. We’ve partnered with over 85 local businesses since 2006.

Website manager is Beth Crouse.