LACE - Learning at College Experience

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


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

  • Life skills
  • Social skills
  • Language arts literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Health
  • 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 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.

New Participant Orientation

The LACE Program only accepts students for the fall semester.  Prospective students must attend the orientation along with a parent or guardian. A program overview is presented along with academic and social assessments. Pre-registration is required.  If accepted, course payment must be made in full upon registering for the Fall semester.  School purchase orders are accepted.

Registration:  Due by May 17, 2019
Day: Wednesday
Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location:  PAC Atrium (Health Sciences building)
Cost: FREE

Current Student Information

14 sessions; 28 hours
Day: Wednesday
Dates: January 30 - May 8, 2019 (No class April 17)
Time: 4:15 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
LACE Program Coordinator: Patti Nugent
Cost: $275 (Plus a materials fee of $15 payable to SCCC)

For questions, please contact: Patti Nugent, LACE Lead Instructor at


A LACE student enjoying her time during the presentation.
A LACE student waiting for the presentation to begin in the PAC.
Learning the different phases of the moon using oreos.
Games and learning are an important part of the LACE program.
Students gather to participate in games with each other.
Students hit the slopes at the local ski area.