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 inTechnology:

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.


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 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.


EXCEL increases the chance of finding and retaining community based employment in our progressively more technology driven workplace for Neuro diverse young people on the Autism Spectrum graduating high school with little hope for employment or interest in post secondary education.

Participants will have the opportunity to obtain nationally-recognized industry specific certification(s) in computer education and practical workplace skills development which may lead to a heightened interest in further post secondary education.The program of study requires industry specific courses with a focus on certification preparation depending on the individual’s career interest. MTC is a Microsoft certified testing site and all instruction is given by skilled professional teachers. Workplace readiness skills are taught by a board certified behavior analyst. A Success Coach supports student’s goals from Admission to employment.

  • Exploring student aptitudes and interests

  • Developing concrete job-seeking skills

  • Raising student self-awareness through peer mentoring

The program requires students to complete industry courses as well as employment preparation courses, work-simulation experiences, self advocacy, peer-mentoring, independent living and social skills training. There are two distinct tracks.  The IC3  Computer Hardware and Networking track prepares students for the  IC3  Certification and the Microsoft Office Specialist track prepares students for certifications in the Microsoft Office Suite. MacDonald Training Center is a Microsoft testing site and participants may obtain:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist certification with an understanding of office applications, networking basics, electronic communication, and the Internet.

  • Microsoft Technology Associate certification with an understanding of software development fundamentals, coding and programming.

  • IC3 Certification provides the validated skills and knowledge required for electronic recycling, software refurbishment and hardware repair.

  • Readiness to explore professional jobs or post secondary alternatives that may lead to higher-wage careers.

The 12 Month Program includes industry courses,  certification testing in EXCEL Lab , Virtual Reality platforms, employment preparation, internships, independent living and workplace readiness social skills curriculum.

The program requires completion of industry courses as well as employment preparation courses, work-simulation experiences, self advocacy, peer-mentoring, independent living and social skills training.

Program supported in part through generous grant funding from The Able Trust.

Workplace readiness training is offered in a in a 2,500 sq. ft. “Connections” suite which includes a Classroom, “Studio Apartment,” and Student Union communal setting to assist students on the Autism Spectrum, to develop the social skills necessary for employment and independent living.

Communication 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 will be taught. 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, Interactive Technology was developed specifically for persons on the Autism Spectrum and with related disabilities and uses the very latest in virtual reality technologies is a powerful tool to improve job interviewing skills.student on the autism spectrum practicing a job interview with vita interactive technology

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