Thursday, June 2, 2011

Direct support professional job training starts July 5

A six-week training program for a career assisting individuals with disabilities begins Tuesday, July 5, at Finger Lakes Community College.
FLCC’s direct support professional (DSP) program is designed to help meet the high demand in the region for people professionally trained to work with individuals with physical or developmental disabilities.
Since the first class in July 2009, 88 percent of graduates have found work in the field at agencies such as Ontario ARC and Lifetime Assistance.
“FLCC has done a great job of developing a program that provides a strong foundation for a successful career in the field of developmental disabilities,” said Bill Castiglione, executive director of Ontario ARC.
The direct support professional course runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. It includes instruction in assessing an individual’s needs, maintaining records, administering medicine and assisting with the individual’s integration into society.
A high school diploma or higher and a valid driver’s license are required for registration. To register, contact the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education (PDCE) office at (585) 785-1660 or pdce@flcc.edu.
The cost is $2,000, and tuition assistance is available for those eligible.
For information, visit www.flcc.edu/pdce and click on “Courses and Programs” at the right.

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