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Compass Education

Program Description

SPCC’s Compass Education Program is an academic-based program for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our purpose is to help students gain the needed math, reading, writing and soft skills required for higher education and employment. As a transition step from the basic Compass Education classes, we offer pathway programs (Academies) that support students through specific Continuing Education courses. Prospective students for Compass Education must be readers with the goal of transitioning to a higher level of education and/or employment.

About the Program

  • Year round
  • Customized for students
  • Develop soft skills
  • Prepare for employment
  • Prepare for higher education

Who can enroll?

  • Adults who attended Occupational Course of Study (OCS), Transition to Adulthood (TTA) courses, or followed a Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in high school
  • Readers with the goal of higher education or employment

Learning Academies

After completing the Compass Education program, students interested in enrolling in higher education opportunities can participate in our Compass Education Learning Academies. This pathway provides a structured, supported transition to and through the Food Service Academy.

  • The Food Service Academy prepares students for a career in the food service industry. Emphasis will be placed on attitude development, sanitation and safety, food service terminology and procedure, tools and equipment, and basic food preparation. Students completing this program will also sit for the ServSafe Food Handling certificate.



To enroll in our Compass Education program, please contact the program director, Robin Rowland or Nikki Myers, to schedule an interview and placement assessment.




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