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The Community Skill-Building Program at CLASS’ Community Service Center provides classes on a variety of topics in order to support individuals with disabilities as they strive to reach their goals.

Services are offered to individuals over the age of 18, but the age requirement is negotiable for young adults beginning to transition out of high school. For more information, read about our ESY (Extended School Year) Services.

When individuals enter the program, they complete a profile of their interests with Centre staff to identify goals and create a plan of action tailored to each individual’s needs. Classes are offered five days per week and are limited to maintain a 1-6 ratio of instructors to students. Classes are structured into two terms per year.

Individuals are encouraged to choose their own classes from a course catalog that offers many options. These options include discussion-based classes, functional learning environments and leisure activities.

Courses offered include:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Financial Management
  • Transition to Independent Living
  • Reading
  • Computers
  • Vocational Exploration
  • Career Options
  • Creative Arts

Community Skill Building is the program for you if you:

  • Are transitioning from high school and would like to learn skills that will help you become more independent
  • Are relearning skills that you may have lost after a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other cognition-related event
  • Are interested in learning new skills, regardless of your age, because you previously did not have an opportunity

If you have questions about the Community Skill Building Program, please contact Courtney Walker, Director of Education and CPS Services, at or by phone at 412-683-7100 x 2153 or toll-free at 1-888-954-2424.