LACE - Learning at College Experience

The LACE program was created 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.


SPRING 2024 - 14 sessions of two hours each
Day: Wednesday
Dates: Spring 2024: January 31 – May 8, 2024 (no class April 3rd )
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM, In-person and virtually using ZOOM
Cost: $650

FALL 2024 - 14 sessions of two hours each
Day: Wednesday
Dates: Fall 2024: September 4 – December 11, 2024 (no class November 27th)
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM, In-person and virtually using ZOOM
Cost: $650


Mandatory Fall 2024 Orientation

Date and Time: Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 5 - 7 PM
Location: On the main campus and room location will be sent with registration materials.
Registration deadline: Friday, May 17, 2024

Students will be accepted for the Fall 2024 semester and must attend the in-person orientation along with a parent/guardian. A program overview will be presented, and academic assessments will take place afterwards. Students may choose to attend in-person or participate virtually on ZOOM.

Once accepted, course payment paperwork needs to be completed. School purchase orders are accepted. SCCC is a DDD approved vendor for Goods and Services both with PPL and Easterseals. If paying personally, payment will be due before class starts.


Contact Patti Nugent, LACE Program Coordinator, at