LACE - Learning at College Experience

The LACE program is intended to assist developmentally disabled adults in an educational and social setting.

LACE’s Mission Statement

Sussex County Community College’s LACE Program (Learning At College Experience) provides a dynamic inclusive learning environment for post-high school students to access life-long learning and social opportunities in an accessible and supportive community environment.

Emphasis is placed on maintaining and increasing social and academic skills, specifically in the following areas:

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  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Language arts literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Health
  • Special education
  • Independent living skills

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 work in a classroom setting with instructors and assistants who have experience in the special education field. A certified Special Education teacher leads the program.
  • 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 apartment, or in a group home.
  • If the student performs best with a one-on-one assistant, accommodations will need to be made by the parent/guardian for the student to participate in the program if it is deemed necessary.


14 sessions of two hours each
Day: Wednesday
Dates: Spring 2023: January 25 – May 3, 2023 (no class April 12th)
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM, In-person and virtually using ZOOM
Cost: Tuition is $600


Students will be accepted for the Spring semester and must attend the orientation along with a parent/guardian. A program overview is presented. All new students will have to be virtual because of social distancing regulations still in effect for the Spring 2023 semester. Prior to in-person attendance, students will need to attend a meeting on campus where short academic assessments will be conducted for section placement.

Mandatory Spring 2023 Orientation Date and Time: December 1, 2022, 5 PM, via ZOOM
Orientation registration deadline: November 28, 2022
You will be sent a link for the orientation by December 1st.
Once accepted, course payment must be made in full upon registering. You will be emailed a Spring semester registration form that needs to be returned by December 28th. School purchase orders are accepted. SCCC is a DDD approved vendor for Goods and Services.

Mandatory Fall 2023 Orientation Date and Time: May 2023; date and time to be determined in early spring. A virtual section will always be offered. The ability to have more in-person attendance is unknown at this point. Check back in the spring for updated Fall 2023 information
Location: ZOOM
Registration deadline: TBD


Contact Patti Nugent, LACE Program Coordinator, at


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Chris & Mariah enjoying the music.
Mikey brought Santa Claus to the party.
LACE Group A
LACE Group B
LACE Group C