The Learning Skills Program offers specialized instruction and services to students who are identified as having specific learning disabilities under the California Community College Learning Disability and Services Eligibility Model (LDSEM). Specific learning disabilities are often due to constitutional, genetic, and or neurological factors and are not primarily due to visual or auditory sensory deficits, mobility limitations, severe emotional disturbances, economic disadvantage, cultural or language differences.
The Learning Skills courses are taught by faculty experts in Learning Disabilities. Courses are designed to provide learning disabled students with compensatory strategies necessary for achieving personal, academic, and career success. A Learning Disabilities workshop is designed to assess strengths and weaknesses and determine educational limitations and compensatory strategies. Specialized classes in reading, oral and written expression, study skills and mathematics support teach compensatory strategies designed to help students maximize their success in college. Services include test facilitation and proctoring, assistive computer technologies, specialized tutoring, an educational advisement.
Learning Skills courses do not lead to a major however up to six units of courses numbered 70 or above may be counted towards graduation.
To provide comprehensive learning disability assessment, verify eligibility for disabled student services, recommend appropriate compensatory learning strategies based on functional limitations, and provide remediated, strategic, and individualized instruction and specialized tutoring to learning disabled students.
To provide students with learning disabilities equal access to programs and services at MSJC by working collaboratively with Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S).