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About the Compensatory Education Program

Compensatory Education is a community college program designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities.  The focus of the program is on helping the individual become more independent and self-directing by acquiring basic literacy and life skills needed to function successfully in daily living.  Classes are built around the student’s strengths and goals.  The curriculum covers functional academics, community living, health and safety, and leisure activities and the humanities.  Students have computers and other technology available.  They take part in campus activities as well as community activities.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to participate in the Compensatory Education Program, an individual must be 17 or older, not enrolled in the public school system and be (a) diagnosed with an intellectual  disability or (b) functioning on that level because of a head injury or brain damage.  Students must be able to be tested and be able to show progress to remain in the program.

Course Registration

Classes are offered at no cost to the student and are held at the north campus in Rowan County and at the south campus in Cabarrus County.  There is also a class offered at Rowan Vocational Opportunities for their clients.  For more information, call (704) 216-3508 or email Barbara Gainey .