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Adult Basic Skills Compass Education

Adult Basic Skills Compass Education
South Piedmont Community College
Adult Basic Skills Compass Education
4209 Old Charlotte Highway
PO Box 5041, Monroe 28111
Monroe, NC 28110
Program Contact Robin Rowland
Phone 704.290.5813

Compass Education is a free academic-based program for adults 18 years of age and older offered through Adult Basic Skills, in both Union and Anson Counties.  Participants in the program must have a goal of moving into higher education and/or employment. The curriculum focuses on developing the soft skills needed to successfully maintain employment in the community, while reinforcig the reading, writing and practical math skills for increased independent living. 

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: 80
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Students must be released from public school and place on a standardized reading or math test to enter the program.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Cost of the program: The program does not provide housing and is tuition free.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • The program is free.

Scholarships available:


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

 Currently the program has 2 pathway programs designed specifically for individuals with IDD. Students, who meet the criteria, may enroll in any college class they choose. 

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Food Service Management

Pet Care Retail

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: 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students participate in SGA sponsored campus events, as well as, clubs. The program has an SGA member club.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 15:09