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CLEAR Program

CLEAR Program
Johnson County Community College
CLEAR Program
12345 College Blvd
Box 82
Overland Park, KS 66210
Program Contact Courtney Barden
Phone 913.469.3247

CLEAR (College Learning Experiences, Activities and Resources) provides non-credit classes to adults with intellectual disabilities. Weekday classes provide academic, personal enrichment and life skills instruction to transition age students and Saturday classes provide enrichment classes for lifelong learning. Students select classes and activities independently based on their personal goals and interests. Students must be residents of Kansas to enroll in CLEAR classes.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: 140
Deadline to apply to this program: 2 weeks prior to start of classes
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
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:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
Scholarships available:

No one is turned away from noncredit CLEAR classes for financial reasons.

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 wishing to take credit classes meet with an access services advisor for assistance and accommodations. CLEAR does not directly supervise this process.

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

Our noncredit classes are adapted according to the abilities of the students enrolled. Curriculum varies from semester to semester and is modified to meet the needs of the currently attending students. Students provide input regarding the courses offered with suggestions according to their personal needs and interests. A mix of independent living skills, social skills, basic academics and personal enrichment classes are offered. Removing the academic pressures in the modified classes allows students to learn at a comfortable pace, gain confidence and develop leadership skills. Credit students not enrolled in the program may attend CLEAR classes as peer mentors as a volunteer experience or for service learning hours.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students who have an interest may attend any of the college sponsored events, athletics, concerts and dances. Because all our community college students are commuters, transportation to activities must be arranged by the individual students. Clubs and organizations welcome our students. Commuter students, credit and noncredit, don't generally have a lot of free time on campus but they do hang out between classes in the campus lounge playing games, use the computers in the library or computer labs and catch up with friends in the coffee shops and food court. Our program does not direct or monitor students outside of the classroom so they are self-directed just as their typical peers.