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LACE – Learning at College Experience

The LACE program is intended to keep developmentally disabled adults in an educational and social setting. The students work in a classroom setting with instructors and assistants who have experience in the special education field.  The program is led by a certified Special Education teacher.

Emphasis is placed on maintaining and/or increasing social and academic skills, specifically in the following areas:  life skills, social skills, language arts literacy, mathematics, social studies, health, and independent living skills. The students are assigned to different sections for academic purposes and join together at various times for group interaction and guest presenters.  Electives are woven into the curriculum.

Students include those who have had an IEP while in public school, and the age ranges are from 17-60+.  The students may live at home, in their own apartment, or in a group home.

The College makes every effort to provide one-on-one volunteer mentors for those students who are not able to work independently. If the student performs best with one-on-one instruction, accommodations will need to be made by the parent/guardian in order for the student to participate if it is deemed necessary until a mentor would become available through the College.

Current Student Information

14 sessions; 28 hours
Day: Wednesday
Dates: 9/9–12/16 (No class 11/25)
Time: 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Lead LACE Instructor:  Patti Nugent
Cost: $275 (Plus a materials fee of $15 payable to Lead LACE instructor)

New Participant Orientation – Pre-Qualification Program

The LACE program only accepts students for the fall semester, and only after they have attended the Pre-Qualification. A program overview will be presented along with academic and social assessments. Pre-registration is required.

1 session; 2 hours
Day: Wednesday
Date: June 1, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
Room: E-105
Cost: FREE

If you have any questions, please contact:
Patti Nugent, LACE Lead Instructor at