Occupational Skills

You're Invited! - OPEN HOUSE

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Student Center Building - Willmar Campus

PLEASE RSVP by October 24th!

Phone (320) 222-7603 or email Deb.

For More Information Contact Mary Benson at (320) 222-8041.

  • ONE of only TWO programs in MINNESOTA​

Special Events include:

  • Occupational Skills Open House
  • Occupational Skills Individual Conferences
  • Disability Services
  • Discover Ridgewater Event

For more information, download the Special Event program.

The Occupational Skills program is a post-secondary vocational program for students with disabilities that provide training for entry-level, competitive employment. Occupational Skills combines community-based vocational training with personal management classes on campus.

The program is two semesters (9 months) starting in the fall.  A diploma can be earned with a minimum of 32 credits.

  • Vocational training in a community-based training site
  • Life skills courses
  • Job seeking/job keeping courses
  • Applied job search
Occupational Skills students have access to all student services at Ridgewater College such as financial aid, counseling, the Academic Support Center and all social and recreational activities.
Individuals who are interested in applying in this program should call Mary Benson at (320) 222-8041 or contact  Mary Benson to schedule a recommended informational meeting. Students will also need to fill out an application, submit an application fee and provide documentation of their disability. A current high school transcript will need to be sent to Ridgewater. The conference gives the student valuable information about the Occupational Skills program.
Business and industry have identified an on-going need for qualified people in entry level aide/assistant positions. Employers require individuals who are able to cope in a working environment and are prepared to strive for job longevity. Employers in West Central Minnesota have been very supportive and interested in hiring graduates of this program.
Some examples of areas of hands-on training include automotive detailing, warehouse specialist, shop assistant, support sales, carpenter’s assistant, nurse’s aide, kitchen assistant, general office assistant, child care, and custodial maintenance. Many other areas of vocational training are possible, depending on student abilities/interests, the opportunity of finding employment in that area, and our ability to develop an industry-based training site.


Occupational Skills Diploma
32 Credits

Occupational Skills Advanced Certificate
28 Credits


Occupational Skills Diploma
32 Credits

Occupational Skills Advanced Certificate
28 Credits