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Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study

The Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study is one of two courses of study that lead to a high school diploma. In the high school setting, Occupational Course of Study classes incorporate a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies and curricula targeting functional academics, vocational training, post-school employment and independent living. 

This program is intended to meet the needs of a small group of students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities that require a modified curriculum focusing on post-school employment and independent living. 

Inclusion opportunities using the continuum of supports are available based on students’ needs.

Curriculum: Future-Ready Occupational Course of Study

  • Instructional delivery is provided through a blended learning program. Occupational Course of Study classes utilize the expertise of an Exceptional Children's teacher in conjunction with a highly qualified North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS) teacher.

Future-Ready-Occupational Course of Study (FR-OCS) Course Requirements:

 4 English credits (English I; English II*; English III & English IV)

 3 Math credits (Introduction to Math I; Math I & Financial Management)

 2 Science credits (Applied Science & Biology**)

 2 History credits (American History I & American History II)

 1 Health & Physical Education credit

 4 Career Technical Education (CTE) credits

 6 Preparation credits for Occupational Preparation

*English II taken by 10th grade

**Biology taken by 11th grade


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Previous Requirements

New Requirements

(Beginning with 14-15 Freshmen)

School Based Hours



Community Based Hours



Paid Competitive Employment Hours (or Unpaid Vocational Training, etc. if paid options are exhausted)




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