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Academic and Career Achievement Program

Academic and Career Achievement Program
South Arkansas Community College
Academic and Career Achievement Program
300 S. West Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
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Program Contact DeAnna Tracy
Phone (870) 864-7194

The Academic and Career Achievement Program, or "ACAP" program at South Arkansas Community College is designed for individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities (ID) or Developmental Disabilities (DD), and who can benefit from the community college experience. ACAP is a custom-tailored learning program that offers students a unique post-secondary opportunity to further their formal education and become self-reliant. The conceptual framework for the ACAP program depicts four standards as cornerstones of practice: Academic Access, Career Development, Campus Inclusion, and Self-Determination. \ \ The objectives of the program are to enable students, while in a supportive college environment, to transition into greater and enhanced independent living through developmentally appropriate social, life, academic, and vocational skills. Students will learn how to meet daily challenges confidently and independently, and become productive citizens in the community. \ \ The ultimate goal of the ACAP program is to allow students with DD/ID to have an inclusive college experience by attending classes, abiding by college rules and regulations, participating in school activities, clubs, and events, all while preparing for gainful employment after graduating from the program. \ \ ACAP offers several tracks for students based on their occupational and career goals as well as their life-long goals and interests. The initial two-year track is mandatory for all students who enter the program and graduates will receive a President’s Certificate upon completion. After graduation, SouthArk Community College will offer additional opportunities for ACAP graduates who qualify for other programs. Some of our ACAP graduates have entered the workforce after graduation, while others have continued their education at SouthArk.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 15
This program will be serving students in: 2016-2017
Deadline to apply to this program: Two weeks before the fall semester begins
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 29 but will admit older students if openings available
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 93%
Retention rate: 80%
Tuition amount: $582.00
Program specific fees: $20.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

ACAP accepts scholarships from various sources. There are many scholarships that may be offered to students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. ACAP accepts scholarships that will pay for tuition to the program. The majority of ACAP students utilize federal financial aid to pay for tuition.


Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

Students have the availability to take or audit credit courses. This is not a requirement but is allowed. Many of our courses that are structured for the ACAP program are also community or continuing education courses open to the public, and required for students enrolled in the ACAP program.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Courses that are only for students in the ACAP program include content areas of basic independent living skills, coping skills, and basic jbo-readiness skills.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Some of the extracurricular activities ACAP students have participated in the past or are currently participating in include: New Student Orientation, FBLA/PBL Club, SouthArk Singers, Between the Lines Poetry, Fall Festival, Spring Fling, Intramural Basketball, Student Government Association, Fundraisers, Activities with OTA students (Occupational Therapy Assistant) and Summer Camps. 


Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 13:38