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Adult Basic Skills Compass Education

Adult Basic Skills Compass Education
South Piedmont Community College
Adult Basic Skills Compass Education
218 Azteca Dr
PO Box 5041, Monroe 28111
Matthews, NC 28104
Program Contact Robin Rowland
Program Contact Email
Phone 704.290.5813
Website Program website

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 reinforcing the reading, writing and practical math skills for increased independent living. 

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: 60
School district or agency partner: Union Co Public Schools /Anson Co Public Schools
Contact person: Linda Little
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: None
Criteria for admission
  • Students must be readers with a goal of moving into higher education and/or employment.

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Aspergers Cerebral Palsy
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 98.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 99.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • Programs offered by Adult Basic Skills are free.

Scholarships available:


Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Often students transition from Compass Education program to other programs at SPCC. Our pathway programs called Academies, include a Continuing Education course and Human Resource Development course.

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

The Compass Education classes are only for students with IDD. The classes are leveled with built in accomodations for the students.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Students in the Food Service Academy earn a ServSafe Food Handling Certificate.
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Job Prepareness Certificates,

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students are "Soft Skills" which are incorporated into each class.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events