Individualized Career Training
The Individualized Career Training (ICT) department offers a wide variety of career opportunities not found elsewhere at RCC. We add new training options on a regular basis. We may be able to custom design a program related to your unique needs and interests.
The first step in learning more details about our program is to attend a monthly information session. These sessions are open to everyone and last approximately one hour. The schedule alternates between Jackson and Josephine counties. The goal of each information session is to help you determine whether ICT is the right educational path for you. You will learn how the ICT department works and some of the typical coursework required. You will also learn about the ICT department application process. Attendance is mandatory if you want to apply to our program.
The next ICT department information session dates are:
- December 1, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., Room G-5, Riverside Campus, Medford
- January 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m., Room Z-2, Redwood Campus, Grants Pass
What is Occupational Skills Training (OST)?
OST is a state-approved, one-year certificate program. It is a limited-entry program with a formal application process. OST uses the community as the classroom for hands-on learning in a variety of career fields. These fields are chosen to extend RCC's offerings while not overlapping with other RCC programs.
OST combines general education classes, career-related elective classes and internships. During the internship portion of your program, you earn college credits by applying classroom learning and professional behaviors to real life situations. The internship forms the core of your OST program. Your OST elective classes are chosen to support it. Each internship is designed to meet industry standards for entry-level employment.
You will spend between 12 and 40 hours per week, depending on your schedule and other commitments, working at your training site. You will gain specific skills and a broad understanding of your chosen occupation. You also begin to develop a network of professional contacts that might lead to full-time job opportunities after graduation from the program.
While you are training, your supervisor can evaluate your skill level and fit within the company when determining future staffing needs. Many employers decide to hire their Individualized Career Training student after the experience because he or she has proven to be a valuable member of the team.
Below are just a few examples of possible individualized Career Training goals:
*These trainings are offered only at RVC
**Limited trainings available
What does ICT require?
See the ICT Graduation Guide for detailed information.
When can I get started?
ICT uses a rolling admissions process. Students are accepted on a space-available basis. You are encouraged to take a placement test prior to attending one of our ICT information sessions. The placement test (or a waiver, if you are a transfer student) is required prior to admission.