Red Deer Polytechnic has launched a new Life and Employment Skills for Independence (LESI) certificate to help those with developmental disabilities find jobs and independence. (Photo from RDP)

Red Deer Polytechnic has launched a new Life and Employment Skills for Independence (LESI) certificate to help those with developmental disabilities find jobs and independence. (Photo from RDP)

RDP launches Life and Employment Skills for Independence certificate

Program will help those with developmental disabilities develop independence

Red Deer Polytechnic has launched a new program to help those with developmental disabilities find jobs and independence.

The Life and Employment Skills for Independence (LESI) certificate is a one-year, non-credit program designed to help people get the skills they need to join the workforce through classroom instruction, experience-based learning opportunities as well as getting a taste of the work experience in a supportive environment.

“We engaged in several stakeholder consultations and sat on various provincial committees with other post-secondary institutions to strategically plan the LESI certificate program to best serve the needs of learners and communities,” says RDP dean of extended education Kim Hogarth.

“With a range of valuable course offerings and relevant workplace experiences, this program has a more inclusive approach to provide enhanced support and training for students while also helping to build their confidence.”

The LESI certificate program has three terms which focus on social skills and personal development, independent living skills, and employment readiness. The certificate is comprised of 16 courses, including financial literacy and numeracy, healthy relationships and interpersonal communication, introduction to technical proficiency and digital literacy, and leadership and self-advocacy.

Students will take classes at RDP from Monday to Thursday and work with staff to set achievable goals for independence and employment, as well as see what further educational opportunities are available.

“Learners will have the opportunity to immerse themselves further in campus life and gain skills for independence by staying in the polytechnic’s residence for five days.”

Students can earn first aid, ProServe, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification to increase their skills and employment potential.

Eligible students must be at least 18 years old, have successfully completed high school and meet the

criteria for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Registration for the LESI certificate is now open for January 2023 and September 2023.

More information about Red Deer Polytechnic’s LESI certificate, including how to register, is available

online at rdpolytech.ca.



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