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Promoting Academic Success Program

The Promoting Academic Success program (PAS) is ideal for selected high school students with cognitive disabilities. You will have the opportunity to take a college-level course. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) sponsors this program.


Why should I participate in PAS?

  • It may provide new possibilities after you graduate from high school.
  • It prepares you for college expectations.
  • You will be able to use standard HACC support services during the class . These services include college success workshops and approved accommodations for college work.
  • You will earn a letter grade for the course. This grade will appear on your HACC transcript.


What is the program like?

You will travel to HACC once a week for eight weeks. Each session is two hours.

The one-credit college course "Promoting Academic Success" is the basis of the program. By successfully completing the course, you will:

  • Demonstrate awareness of disability laws. You will understand the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in the college setting.
  • Learn about assistive technology that may help you succeed in college.
  • Explore and practice behaviors of success. These behaviors promote personal responsibility for academic success -this includes learning.
  • Become familiar with the HACC Campus. You will learn about its programs, policies, support services and resources.
  • Strengthen and develop academic learning skills. You will sharpen your lecture comprehension and note-taking, study strategies and memory improvement. You will also understand different learning styles and test-taking techniques.
  • Develop strategies for problem-solving and effective decision-making.


What does it cost?

OVR covers tuition, fees and books for eligible students. Students are responsible for their own transportation.


Am I eligible?

There are certain requirements for acceptance into PAS. You need to:

  • have a cognitive disability (e.g. Learning Disability, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • be approved by OVR
  • be a high school senior for fall semester classes or a junior for spring semester classes