In high school, the college prepatatory track is dintinct from the regular and special education programs.
A program sponsored by the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, in partnership with Jamestown Community College, attempts to break that mold, and students in the Warren County School District will likely have the opportunity to take part.
A proposal for district participation in Project PAS - Promoting Academic Success - was forwarded to the full board for action by the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee last Monday.
Director of Pupil Services Patricia Hawley-Horner said that the program would provide seniors who have an individualized education plan (IEP) an "experience to immerse into what a college setting would look like."
"Project PAS is an eight-week, two hours per class session, one credit course that JCC would provide the qualified instructor and OVR would provide the books and curriculum for our students to participate," according to an executive summary. "The program is designed for students with cognitive disabilities that are interested in attending post-secondary training after high school. The course is intended to be a first step overview of essential and effective skills that high school students with disabilities need to know as they approach graduation. The material in the course provides a foundation upon which to develop, build and apply the skills necessary for their future goals."
Specific topics include the differences between high school and college, active learning, learning styles, disability laws and using assistive technology, among others.
Hawley-Horner said that the "commitment to the district is $700 for transportation.
Administration proposed utilizing transportation in place for Warren County Career Center students to facilitate that component. "Students would ride the WCCC bus in from their home building and then catch a bus from WCCC to JCC Warren Center and transportation back to their home school would be provided in the same manner," the summary explained.
The request was forwarded to the full board for consideration.