The College of Direct Support was established in 2002. It was founded by Bill Tapp in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota.
The College of Direct Support has an online training curriculum created to enable care and support professionals to help others lead worthwhile lives. As of 2016, DirectCourse offers training in many areas, including the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving, the College of Employment Services and the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion. DirectCourse's content is created by a group that includes the families and parents of people with disabilities, national advisory boards, national editorial boards, professionals and researchers.