ERIC Number: ED415647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Career Development for Non-Traditional Community College Students as Special Education Paraprofessionals. Final Report.
This final report describes the Career Development for Non-Traditional College Students as Special Education Paraprofessionals Project, a Michigan project designed to develop career paths and employment opportunities for paraprofessionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Its intent was to develop a value-based curriculum that focuses on community presence and participation, communicates guiding values, and emphasizes; human relationships and support to individuals with disabilities. While learning best practices in the field, students also developed the skills needed for successful academic work. Highlights of the project included: (1) creating career path possibilities for paraprofessionals; (2) affecting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through paraprofessional training experiences that provided a vision of community presence and participation; (3) developing an extensive curriculum and student handbook; (4) developing innovative recruitment strategies, including a closed-captioned video; (5) enhancing the status of the direct-care role through building career paths that allowed paraprofessional to obtain higher education and job advancement within the field; (6) increasing minority participants through targeted minority recruitment; and (7) teaching state of the art strategies to paraprofessionals. Appendices include a paraprofessional curriculum for community inclusion, course listings, and a technical assistance guide. (CR)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Ladders, Community Colleges, Community Cooperation, Curriculum Design, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Children, Nontraditional Students, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Education, Staff Development, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students
Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University, 268 Leonard Simons Building, 4809 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202; telephone: 313-577-2654.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Developmental Disabilities Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan