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Indian River State College
Employment Institute

Access limited to local school district:

  • Yes, St. Lucie County Public Schools

Age Range:

  • 18-22

Program Length:

  • Up to 3 years

Students attend/audit classes with students without disabilities:

  • Optional

Internships / Employment:

  • Yes

Types of disabilities are included in this program:

  • Students who have earned a special diploma ; Students with intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Accepts special diploma, or other non-standard diploma:

  • Yes. Students must have received their Special Diploma before entering the program.

Accommodations available:

  • Yes, per their IEP.

Student Housing:

  • No

Students will be issued a college ID with access to all college events:

  • Yes

Certificate options available:

  • Students receive a certificate if they complete all courses for this program.

Students apply at their home high school via their teachers and ESE Specialists. The Employment Institute option is discussed one year prior to graduation during IEP meeting.

Employment Institute
     Indian River State College
     Lesa Kitzmiller:
     (772) 429-4587 or  
The Employment Institute is a partnership between the St. Lucie County Public Schools and Indian River State College. It is designed to give special diploma students who choose to remain in school a chance to learn the job skills needed for success in today's labor market.  Students participate in intensified work related activities and skills development, learn how to navigate the transportation system, and attend courses taught by Indian River State College personnel. 


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