Community Options 2 Program (CO2)

  • The Community Options 2 program (CO2) is a transition program for St. Cloud School District 742 students age 18-21 with developmental/cognitive disabilities or autism spectrum disorders (Asperger’s Syndrome/high functioning autism). CO2 is a partnership between St. Cloud School District 742 and St. Cloud State University's College of Education.

    CO2 is housed in Mitchell Hall, a residence hall on SCSU’s campus, an age-appropriate, community based, inclusive setting. The CO2 program uses settings on the SCSU campus and the community as “classrooms” in which students gain real life experiences.

    The CO2 program follows the District 742 school calendar. CO2 hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. District transportation is provided for CO2 students. View the CO2 Brochure.

    Vocational Experiences: CO2 students gain work related skills as they participate in a variety of vocational experiences at sites around the SCSU campus and throughout the St. Cloud community. Participants are able to explore vocational preferences and/or interests through these sites. CO2 students interact with supervisors, coworkers and CO2 staff at each of the vocational sites. Our vocational experience areas have included food service, office work, retail, general cleaning, child care, technology, library services, journalism, medical, recycling and laundry. Our goal is for students to be able to utilize their skills, abilities, interests and experiences to locate a job in the community.

    Daily Description: During the morning block, most CO2 students are out on their vocational experience sites working on their employment skills. The afternoon sessions focus on building competence in the remaining transition and individual goal areas. They include social skills and social communication development, community access, independent living, post-secondary education/training and recreation/leisure. Some students explore classes at SCSU or the St. Cloud Technical College through the Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO). CO2 students interact with SCSU students in a variety of settings and situations. Interactions occur during their job experiences, lunch times, physical education activities, recreation/leisure activities and small, large group activities.

    CO2 Students: Student placement at CO2 is based on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team decision. To be eligible, students must have needs in at least one of the IEP transition areas of Jobs/Job Training, Education and Training and Independent Living. Students at CO2 are supported throughout their day by special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists as outlined in their IEP’s. Generally, students attending CO2 are learning skills to enable them to independently access community resources and pursue career goals.