What is the OASIS Program?
This one-year program gives adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to earn a certificate as a culinary or baking assistant. OASIS stands for “Opportunities and Advancement for Students with Intellectual Disabilities for Self-Determination.” The unique, non-credit program gives students the opportunity to learn culinary skills as well as have the opportunity to connect with peers who have similar interests and experience.
Who can apply?
The OASIS program is geared toward adults ages 18 and up with documented intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Participants need to have some basic math and reading skills and be able to perform all physical lab and related culinary tasks safely. Participants must have some form of functional communication that they can engage in within a variety of environments. Successful participants will also have developed ways to appropriately manage their behavior in stressful or unexpected situations.
What does the program include?
OASIS students will spend four days per week at the beautiful Mercyhurst North East campus attending college classes and cooking and baking labs. During class time, OASIS students are accompanied by the OASIS Program Facilitator who takes notes and adapts assignments. In class, students will learn culinary basics like food safety and how to measure ingredients. In the labs, they will apply their knowledge in a hands-on setting, making sauces, desserts, appetizers and more. During this time, students in the OASIS program are assisted by the OASIS Program Facilitator and a peer mentor. Each student can pick a concentration: assistant baker, prep cook or pantry cook. All OASIS students will complete a 60-hour culinary internship at a local restaurant or business upon completion of their in-class instruction. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony in the summer.
What other skills do OASIS students learn?
The OASIS program gives students the opportunity to work on “soft skills” directly with the program facilitator. They will learn important employment skills like punctuality, following a schedule, problem solving, filling out job applications and completing job interviews.
What are the other benefits?
OASIS students are provided with a Mercyhurst ID, which grants them access to the e bus service, free of charge. They can also enjoy university facilities and services including the library, swimming pool, social events hosted by student government and more!
Release of Information
can be used at the convenience of applicants to expedite collaboration of services and release of private information. If applicants choose to use this document, it should be sent along with the completed application. Completed applications should be sent to:
OASIS Program at Mercyhurst University
The North East Campus
16 W. Division St. North East, PA 16428
Deadline for application is April 30, 2013.
For more information, contact Sara Kitchen, OASIS program facilitator, at (814) 725-6250 or email@example.com
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