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Occupational Skills Diploma
Why Choose Occupational Skills at CLC?

The Occupational Skills Program is one of two programs in the MNSCU system that specializes in post-secondary education for students with disabilities. We've been around since 1967!

Learn job seeking and job keeping skills to get the entry level job that you want. Gain work skills at community worksites through our Supervised Pre-Internship course. Learn the independent living skills that you will need to be successful in life and on the job. The OSP class room features onsite kitchen and laundry labs.

Experience college life at CLC! Enjoy all of the social and recreational activities that CLC has to offer. OSP students also choose a 2 credit elective course outside of the OSP.

Our OSP staff is experienced and passionate about helping students to be successful.

About the Program

The Occupational Skills Program (OSP) is a nine month, technical college diploma program designed for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities, focusing on competitive entry-level employment. The program is geared toward individuals who can possess the ability to work competitive entry-level employment with training and support, but may find it difficult to meet the rigor of a traditional college program. Work experiences as well as coursework to support independence in the workplace and in the community are the main components of the program. Students also participate in a number of exciting and educational off-campus experiences designed to promote community access, social skills, recreation and healthy living.

Patty Sloan
Coordinator/ Instructor
Patty Sloan has worked with the Occupational Skills Program for 23 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Winona State University. Patty works with students in the classroom and out in the community with their work experience class. Patty finds it very rewarding to see the many successes of students as they progress through the Occupational Skills Program. Patty enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include: knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, and cooking.
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Tim Leskey
Tim Leskey is a member of the Occupational Skills Program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. He earned his Bachelor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Tim has worked with individuals in a variety of settings. Originally from New Ulm, Tim and his family moved to Brainerd 5 years ago. He is married with 5 children. 3 girls and 2 boys. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, going for walks, riding bike, fishing and taking part in his children's activities.
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Student Testimonials
2002 graduate
OSP taught me how to be more organized, and gave me good listening skills at work and at home.
Mother of former OSP student
Because of the OSP experience, Andrew is not only successful in the workplace but has developed confidence in himself that he never had before.


Bureau of Labor Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

Gainful Employment - Diploma