The Program for Successful Employment (PSE)

The Program for Successful Employment (PSE) at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is a two-year vocational training program for adults with autism and/or other intellectual disabilities. The program combines academic and job skills training with externship opportunities in regional businesses.

Based at BRCC’s Acadian site, PSE will also feature experiential learning at job sites in the community. The program seeks to leverage the strengths of individuals with autism and/or other cognitive disabilities to help them overcome challenges in order to maximize success in transitioning into employment and adult life.


PSE is a two year program that runs through four semesters. Each group that starts will stay together as a cohort. Each cohort will occupy a time slot during the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Upon acceptance into PSE, all students are on a probationary status until the successful completion of one semester. Students will be evaluated not only as a student, but also as a prospective employee. Classroom and jobsite experiences should be considered a “long-term interview.” Upon completion of PSE, graduates will receive a PSE Certificate of Employability with a specific concentration based on their career goals.

PSE industry partners are ARC of Baton Rouge, ARC of East Ascension, LRS, Families Helping Families, Gateway Transitions, State Independent Living Council, LSU-New Orleans, Capital Area Services (DHH), and East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

Classes will be offered during the fall, spring and summer.


To be eligible to join a PSE cohort, the applicant must: