The Occupational and Academic Skills for Independence & Success (OASIS) program for Adults with Disabilities at Saddleback College has an independent living and vocational curriculum that focuses on the needs of adults with disabilities in the South Orange County region.
The objectives of the OASIS program are to help students advance their level of independence, participate actively in their local community, and transition to academic courses or career pathways, as desired.
Classes are available for individuals with various abilities and educational attainment, sequenced from Pre-Vocational to Work Place Skills, incorporating life skills and work skills consistent with best practices for adult learners with disabilities. Core classes integrate independent living skills, functional academics, social skills, and vocational skills. Students in the OASIS program learn functional living skills and identify resources that will lead them to their academic, professional, or personal goals.
Saddleback College provides free, non-credit, open-entry OASIS classes. Apply and register anytime throughout the semester!
We are now registering for the Fall 2023 semester. Classes will be held from August 21 to December 20, 2023.
View the OASIS Program Brochure
View the OASIS Fall 2023 Class Schedule
- Step 1: Submit a Saddleback College Application
- Step 2: View OASIS Class Schedule (linked above) to view classes available
- Step 3: Register for OASIS Classes in MySite
- Visit the "Registration Help Center" for help registering on MySite
- Step 4: Attend free OASIS classes in-person!
In Spring 2016, Saddleback College Learning Disabilities Instructor Michael Hoggatt, Department of Disabled Students Programs and Services, developed a specialized Adult Education curriculum comprised of nine course proposals, which will lead to a degree or certificate. The following courses were approved by the State of California in April 2017. Courses are offered through an independent living and vocation curriculum, OASIS (Occupational & Academic Skills for Independence & Success), that focuses on the needs of adults with disabilities in the South Orange County region.
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities by addressing the need to able to navigate various transportation options in order to secure meaningful employment.
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities through instruction and training of students in self-advocacy skills in order to promote independence in the community and the workplace. Students learn their strengths and weaknesses. They learn about their disability and their abilities. Students define realistic goals, objectives and the skills needed to reach goals, and learn to communicate in a respectful and responsible way. Students learn how to locate advocacy support as well as learn rights and laws that pertain to people with disabilities.
This course will meet the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of computer and technological skills in real-world situations. This specific course will be part of a larger program designed to address workplace skills for Adults with Disabilities.
The course addresses skills and competencies relevant to those wishing to live and work more independently. This course supports students’ personal growth and practical living skills. Students will also be presented with basic meal planning and cooking techniques. Instruction is provided both in the community and in the classroom.
In this course students will learn consumer skills, transportation skills, and social skills necessary to safely navigate the community.
This course focuses on increasing basic functional academic skills. There is an emphasis on understanding the application of consumer math skills, functional reading skills, and functional writing skills to real life scenarios.
This course meets the vocational needs of adult students with developmental disabilities by developing personal safety awareness. Students with disabilities are presented with proactive steps to take to avoid dangerous situations in the community and at home. Students with disabilities are also presented with basic techniques for self-defense and first aid.
This course meets the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of financial awareness, including the basics of banking and budgeting. This is an introductory class that teaches banking and budgeting vocabulary and step-by-step guidelines on how to open and manage a checking account as well as creating personal budgets.
This course meets the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of necessary workplace skills. This course will include activities to enhance written and verbal skills.
This course meets the soft skills/employability needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in real-world situations. It is designed to assist adult students in acquiring or improving critical thinking skills necessary to function independently in a variety of activities, situations, and environments with an emphasis on problem solving and decision making through understanding and evaluating situations, utilizing knowledge of cause and effect relationships, exploring options, and planning and implementing strategies.
This introductory course is designed to introduce students with disabilities how to improve and develop healthy relationship skills necessary to function in a variety of situations and environments. Students will learn how to develop relationship skills for the workplace, in the college environment, and in independent living situations.
This course is designed for students who are working toward future employment. The course specifically seeks to support students to identify vocational goals, explore resources related to job exploration, and develop requisite job search skills. Instruction is provided both in the community and in the classroom.
This course specifically seeks to support students to complete a job application, develop a resume, craft a cover letter, and develop competitive job interview skills.
The course addresses skills and competencies relevant to those wishing to work more independently. The course specifically seeks to support students to acquire the necessary social skills to successfully navigate the workplace while seeking employment as well as once employment is obtained. Instruction is provided both in the community and in the classroom.
Laura (Laurie) Jimenez
Rebecca (Becca) Zaino-Hall
Donate to the OASIS program by visiting our Foundation webpage! Your contribution helps us to continue supporting students with disabilities in the OASIS Program. We thank you for your support.