VESS is a secondary transitional preparatory program for students on a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is located on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA.

The purpose of the VESS program is to provide employability and independent life skills training.

If you are 17-21 years old and on a current IEP, you may be eligible to enroll in this program. You will gain employability, life, vocational, and self-determination skills.

Will you have unmet vocational needs at the end of your senior year? Does your IEP team recommend VESS? Here's what you need to do:

  • Talk to your local school IEP teacher, counselor, or AEA Transition Coordinator
  • Schedule a visit by contacting the VESS Program Coordinator
  • Complete the COMPASS test
  • Complete and interest inventory
  • Talk about VESS at your IEP meeting

Vocational Program Options (click for more info)

Certificate Program Options

1. Select Iowa Central classes + Jobsite

  • Food Service/Culinary
  • Child Care
  • Certified Nurses Assistant
  • Paraprofessional
  • Grounds Keeping
  • Office Assistant

Additional programs may be available. All Vocational & Certificate program options are determined by strengths, interests, and preferences. Discussion with your IEP team and Transition Coordinator will determine an appropriate program for you. Further testing may be necessary.

To setup a visit contact:

Ruth Aspenson
Program Coordinator
Phone: 515-574-1975
Fax: 515-955-2233
Anita Fagen-Miller
Case Manager/Instructor
Phone: 515-574-1977