Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program for persons age 16 or over who do not have the equivalent of a high school education, and offers the opportunity to study to obtain a high school equivalency certificate. Instruction is also available for English as a Second Language (ESL) and basic skills improvement. Students may start the program at any time during the academic year and there is no cost to prepare for the GED. There is a cost to take the GED exam.
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities are arranged through the Student Support Services office. Documentation, which indicates clearly the major life activities affected by the disability and how this relates to the student’s education, must be provided in order to receive accommodations. This documentation must be no more than three years old and signed by an appropriate medical or psychological professional. Dawson Community College is committed to providing equal access to higher education for students with disabilities.
The Learning Center offers an opportunity for students to review basic skills through the assistance of professional instructors/tutors. Using the many resources of The Learning Center, students proceed in individualized programs or small groups supported by instructors/tutors to gain the skills necessary to successfully complete college level coursework. Students may access The Learning Center of their volition, through faculty referrals, or if a need is indicated through placement testing. All services provided through The Learning Center are open to all students and are free of charge.
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal TRIO program designed to increase graduation rates, retention and overall success of disadvantaged college students. The program services students who are low-income, first-generation (neither parent nor guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree), or are hampered educationally because of a disability. The SSS program provides professional and peer tutoring in most classes taught at the college, cultural enrichment activities, help with financial aid forms, assistance in finding community housing, career and personal counseling, community referral, computer lab, lap-top computers for overnight checkout, and disability services. The program strives to promote an atmosphere conducive to the success of disadvantaged college students.
Tutoring is available from Learning Center staff for most college courses.
Agency Referral is provided for students who need social services assistance to make their college career less stressful.