EXCEL (Excellence in Computer Education and Learning) is a pre-employment vocational education for young adults with disabilities, primarily on the Autism Spectrum, preparing students for employment in high demand technical industries, or any setting where computer skills are required.

Pathways to Careers in Technology:

IC3 Digital Literacy Certification Courses

This globally recognized certification provides knowledge in the most critical elements of technology today. The course reviews computer hardware, software programs, operating systems, computer applications, and the use of the internet and social media.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Courses

Provides industry-leading education and assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office- Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, & Outlook.

Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) Certification Courses

Provides more advanced instruction on fundamental technology skills and knowledge among students and job-seekers who are pursuing a career in technology. MTA addresses a wide range of critical technology concepts with exams that are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Developer, Database, and IT Professional.

Tuition

MacDonald Training Center is an approved Vocational Rehabilitation Vendor for the State of Florida. Individuals working with a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor can request the EXCEL program be included in their Individualized Plan for Employment. Private tuition is also accepted.

Tech2Work is a unique collaboration with The Learning Academy Services at USF

Tech2Work™ is MTC’s unique collaboration with The Learning Academy at USF. Students have the opportunity to enroll in two college level courses, at two locations leading to certifications in automation. MTC’s IC3 course is the first step on this pathway to success. Tech2Work begins with students enrolling in the two semester IC3 Digital Literacy Certification course, taught as a hybrid model online and in-person at MTC.

Students learn the fundamentals of computer hardware, software, networks and the internet. These certifications can lead to careers in technical support, trouble shooting, and PC repair and refurbishment.

The IC3 Digital Literacy Certification is currently being used by several colleges around the world as a replacement for computer courses that are required for obtaining an associate degree.

Once IC3 certification is completed, students will continue on to a one semester course at USF in Robotics Process Automation under the instruction of an expert in the field.

RPA professionals configure computer software, or a “bot” to copy and integrate the actions of a human interacting within digital systems to execute a business process.

Preparing students for the specific needs of employers and having the flexibility in adding materials to the curriculum is an innovative aspect of this project.

Students will participate in basic and advanced soft skills training to understand expected work behaviors.

Automation class will be a hybrid of remote online and in-person (if deemed safe, on the campus of the University of South Florida) where students will experience all of the benefits college life has to offer. Students will have access to the campus resources, activities, and be given opportunities to interact with USF students and apply their newly developed social and communication skills with peers and faculty.

All students will receive a USF courtesy ID allowing them to access the campus bus, HART city buses, library, clubs, events, discount perks and Bull bucks (can be used to make purchases for food and other items on the University of South Florida campus).

Workplace readiness training is offered istudent on the autism spectrum practicing a job interview with vita interactive technologyn a 2,500 sq. ft. “Connections” suite which includes a Classroom, “Studio Apartment,” and a Student Union communal setting to assist students develop the necessary social skills for employment and independent living.

Communication, relationship building and interpersonal skills leading to job performance; financial literacy; public transportation management as well as job-seeking skills; and other “soft” skills necessary for employment are monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Instruction in self-advocacy and peer mentoring will assist graduates to negotiate workplace culture by communicating their thoughts, concerns, and needs with individuals working in their area(s) of interest.

VITA (Virtual Interactive Training Agent ) uses the very latest in virtual reality technologies as a powerful tool to improve job interviewing skills. VITA was developed by the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, in partnership with the Dan Marino Foundation, as a practice system for building competence and reducing anxiety in young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

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