Challenged Adults SUCCEED at Sandhills
Developmentally disabled adults in Moore and Hoke Counties are served through Sandhills Community College’s Compensatory Education classes. Otherwise known as SUCCEED, the program offers classes on both Sandhills’ main campus in Pinehurst, as well as the Hoke Center campus in Raeford.
North Carolina is only one of three states in the nation that has a program for adults with intellectual disabilities in its community colleges. All 58 N.C. community colleges offer compensatory education classes at no charge. Students must be 17 or older, and (a) diagnosed with an intellectual disability or (b) functioning on a level equivalent to intellectual disabilities resulting from head injury or brain damage.
A College and Career Readiness program, Compensatory Education is designed to teach developmentally challenged adults essential academic and life skills. The primary focus is to better equip students to become independent and to enable them to live successful lives in their community.
A number of subjects are covered in the program. Through language arts, students are exposed to phonics, sight words, basic grammar, learning their address and phone number, and library skills. Math and consumer education teaches students how to count and manage money, shopping skills and simple cooking techniques. Students develop computer skills and explore career options through vocational health, and health courses teach them about proper hygiene, nutrition and stress management.
Students of compensatory education classes have successfully made the transition to competitive employment, in some cases, starting their own businesses, and many have been able to begin living independently in their own apartments and homes.
SCC provides an environment where our students feel safe and have a sense of community. We work to make our students more independent, and in turn, raise their self-esteem. This independence enhances their knowledge and ability to make constructive leisure choices.
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