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Under our Skills Development Program, we offer a variety of vocational skills classes. Our full term classes run between September to May and our short term classes run from September to December. Our enrollment period is in July & August. For registrations post August, students are placed on a waiting list and enrolled based on spot availability. One unique aspect of our model is the one-on-one buddy program, in which a peer teen volunteer is paired with a student. Our teen volunteers support our students in both classwork and homework sessions. We retain the buddy pair throughout the entire set of sessions planned for any class. The buddy program builds a bond of friendship and trust which in turn enables a positive experience in the classroom.


Inclusive World’s skills development classes are held during the school/college academic year starting in September through the year until May. Some classes are for a shorter duration of 12-14 weeks and some are for a longer duration of 24-26 weeks. All our classes are held on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday). See our calendar for more details.

Each weekend class is typically for 1 hour and 15 mins. Other than the weekend class, one will need to make time for another 45 minutes of homework session during the week.

Inclusive World offers skills development classes in different locations in the bay area. Due to Covid-19, all our classes are held online.

Inclusive World offers all its skills development classes free of any charge.

Inclusive World’s model is rooted in “Person-centered” practices. When members and volunteers enroll into a program at Inclusive World, we pair each member-volunteer to support the learning process in classes. Mapping is based on the profile information we collect from members and volunteers and the “person-centered” tools we use.

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Yes, you can register for more than one class based on your availability and the schedule we have to offer.

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Excel Basics (Sep – May)

This class has no prerequisite. In the course of 26 weeks, the goal is to introduce basic Excel features like Excel Screen, navigation, editing, formatting techniques, formulas and creation of charts. Students then learn to apply the concepts by doing simple projects that they personalize based on their interest.

“I enjoyed how this course helps me organize my tasks and improved my ability to solve problems.” – Student

Excel Intermediate (Sep – May)

Intermediate Excel is part of the continuous education plan at Inclusive World. This class requires completion of Excel Basics. In the course of 26 weeks, students will expand on the knowledge of basic Excel skills. Students learn how to manage the Excel spreadsheet quickly, learn advance formulas like pivot and vlookups, and create better presentation with charts.

“The Instructors Janaki and Sangeetha are amazing and it’s almost like family. They were actively engaged and made the sessions very interesting. Special shoutout for going virtual too .. Thank you so much.” – Parent

Scratch Programming (Sep – April)

This class has no prerequisite. Over the course of 24 weeks, students learn the fundamental building blocks of programming and logic, and learn to build games, storyboards and apps! The course uses Scratch 3.0 and concepts are introduced through sensory manipulatives and simulation before students write the program using code. Scratch is an excellent programming language for the novice and a powerful platform to teach the techniques needed for developing an app!

“The program not only focuses on learning but also on friendly interaction with students. Students are made to feel important.” – Parent

Robotics (Sep – Dec)

This class does not have a prerequisite. Seeing physical movement and controlling the behavior of Robots using computer programs makes programming more interesting. In this class, we write programs to control robots so they can move, turn, change lights and make sounds. This sensory approach to learning helps individuals with a range of abilities get a better understanding of the programming concepts and the opportunity to participate in the larger Robotics movement. Peer teen volunteers help support our students at every step as needed.

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Arts & Crafts Small Business (Sep – May)

This Class has no prerequisite. In the Arts & Crafts Small Business class, students learn all aspects of running a small business – from procurement of raw materials to sale of finished products. Students work on a variety of arts and craft products and can choose to hone their skills in one or more aspects of a small business.

“What I like most about my learning experience is playing with the colors and engaging with my buddy” – Student

“I worked with my buddies Arun and Tanvi as part of the Inclusive World Saturday Art class. I have loved every second with them because it is like talking to another friend, and I have also learned so much from them, from perseverance to new art techniques.” – Volunteer

Software Testing Level 1 (Sep – May)

This Class has no prerequisite. Software Testing classes aim to teach students the basics of the software development life cycle and give them a deeper understanding of software quality assurance. Software Testing Level 1 class will focus on the introduction to software testing – test plans, test cases, test execution, and bug reports.

“Enjoyed working together with my partner in observing, reporting on behavior of Kidzilla games through developing testcases, finding issues and passing suggestions for enhancements. Also appreciate how the Mentors gave me time to reply in chat box and how they responded to me.” – Student

Software Testing Level 2 (Sep – May)

Software Testing Level 2 is part of our continuous curriculum plan. This class requires completion of Software Testing Level 1. Software Testing Level 2 class focuses on learning automation tools, scripting languages, user testing and accessibility testing.

“It helped me learn about credit unions and get a better understanding of test cases and testing software like how a user of the credit union website would.” – Student

Conversation Skills Program

This program will provide members training in mock conversations and digital corresponse (emails) for handling different real world scenarios. Our endeavor is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for our students to move out of their comfort zone and engaging in day-to-day conversations. One unique factor about this program is that it enables students to use text to speech technology. Familiarity with this technology can open up so many opportunities that involve speech for our students.

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