Make the right CHOICE for you!

The CHOICE Program is a two-year (4 semesters) inclusive college certificate program built upon four principles: career development, academic enrichment, self-determination, and independent living. These principles provide an organizing framework of individual support for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities for immersion in the higher education experience. 

The CHOICE Program for inclusive learning at East Georgia State College (EGSC) has been designated as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) by the U.S. Department of Education. CHOICE students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Program Components

The CHOICE Program is designed to address four principles related to career development, academic enrichment, self-determination, and independent living. These principles provide an organized framework of individual support for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities for immersion in the higher education experiences leading to gainful employment outcomes.

From the classroom to the workplace, students are engaged in activities that build skills necessary for the work environment.  Working with classmates and instructors and using various survey tools, students identify their career interests and relate them to their own values, skills, and aptitudes to identify possible career paths.

Students participate in job shadowing, internship, and community service opportunities that build transferable soft skills for career success as well as specific skills for the careers they hope to pursue. A capstone project is completed at the conclusion of the program highlighting includes internship and an in-depth personalized project including a portfolio of research, job documents, and personal reflection.

CHOICE students are assisted by peer mentors and program staff to build knowledge and skills in the courses they take. Course objectives include development of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication techniques for success in college; learning and innovation skills; information, media, and technology skills. Students also receive academic instruction in reading, math, and information skills assessed for the Work Ready Certificate. Outside the classroom, students participate in activities and clubs sponsored by Student Life. 

CHOICE student's area assessed and provided instruction on skills related to self-determination. Students gain an understanding of their strengths and limitations together with a belief in oneself as capable and effective are essential to self-determination. When acting based on skills learned and attitudes, students have greater ability to take control of their lives and assume the role of successful adults in our society.

 

CHOICE staff provides instruction designed to help students learn new and healthy skill for living independently.

  • Areas of instruction include but not limited to:
    • Preparing healthy meals
    • Fitness and health
    • Effective communication
    • Workplace behavior
    • Job-seeking skills
    • Time management
    • Personal appearance and yygiene
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Emergency and safety skills
    • Community resources
    • Interpersonal skills