Our Program

Group picture of large group of OLS students at a park for the 2019 student orientation.

Earn Your Associate Degree

OLS (Occupational and Life Skills) Bellevue College is a demanding, yet supportive program for neurodiverse adults with learning disabilities. Our goal is for you to gain competitive work skills and lead a fulfilled life after graduation.

With online and on-campus program options available, you have the flexibility to earn your associate degree in the environment of your choice.

Over the course of four years, you will:

  • Get ready for the workforce
  • Create your own career path
  • Enhance your communication and social skills
  • Complete a 200-hour internship

85% of our graduates are
employed. 
30% enjoy upward career mobility.

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The OLS Journey

Graphic representation of the OLS student Journey. Students begin by learning self-awareness, then learning learning self-advocacy, and students graduate as self-determined individuals.

Explore your strengths, needs, and supports

Determine what you need to be
successful and ask for it

Choose your unique career and life path, understand your choices, and make decisions


Program Fast Facts

  • 15 students per class average for more personalized instruction
  • 8 credits per quarter (90 credits total)
  • 10-14 class hours per week
  • Morning and afternoon courses available
  • Community activities integrated in most courses
  • No classes in the summer quarter
  • Online and on-campus program options
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Last Updated October 7, 2021