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TCRC to offer college-style curriculum for people with special needs

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — Tazewell County Resource Centers will soon offer a new program offering college-style courses for people with special needs looking to continue their education and become more independent.

“TCRC Transitions” will be hosted on Illinois Central College’s East Peoria campus. Though the program does not offer an accredited certificate from ICC, a certificate of completion and graduation celebration will be held for people who complete all 10 courses, as well as a letter of reference from TCRC.

“After an individual with special needs ages out of the school system in Illinois, there can be a wait for adult services”, said Jamie Durdel, TCRC’s President & CEO in a press release. “Sometimes the wait can be several years. We are developing a program that doesn’t rely on state funding but still gives families the opportunity to give their loved ones the college experience and teach education and independence for the next steps of life.”

The classes will be developed and taught by professionals from TCRC in areas like self-advocacy, employment skills, budgeting, career exploration, healthy lifestyles and emergency preparedness. “TCRC Transitions” students will also have access to ICC’s library, computer lab, and the CougarPlex.

The cost is $350 for one class, or $600 for both in a semester.

For more information or to register, contact Molly Anderson at

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