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Center for Advancement of Learning hosts First Step, a summer program for college-bound students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD

The Muskingum College Center for Advancement of Learning will offer First Step, a program designed to improve the transitioning and academic skills needed by college-bound high school juniors and seniors with learning disabilities and/or ADHD, from July 13 through July 26 on the campus.  The program is open to any junior or senior student, regardless of whether or not they plan to attend Muskingum. 

The cost of the two-week program is $2500 and the registration deadline is June 1.  To register, call the Center for Advancement of Learning at 740-826-8280.

Non-credit classes offered during First Step include “Introduction to College Writing” and “Justice in Society,” which are meant to acquaint college-bound students with the skills including note taking, homework assignments and tests.  Also included are lab sessions which complement those classes, as well as visits to the John Glenn Historic Site and Exploration Center and the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery in Zanesville.  Students will also travel to a local pottery, where they will paint their own piece of pottery, a tour of a crime lab and a variety of social activities. 

First Step aims to reduce student anxiety and to promote academic success, said Dr. Eileen Henry, Executive Director of Muskingum College’s Center for Advancement of Learning, which has provided academic support to Muskingum students for the last 25 years.  “Participants develop a better understanding of their unique learning styles, as well as a plan for improving their opportunities for academic success.”

These opportunities include diagnostic learning assessments, academic reinforcement and instruction through one-on-one tutoring, learning strategies workshops, and social and emotional support.

"Students will identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and then will be given assistance in practicing strategies such as time management and organization; note-taking; textbook reading; writing, proofing and speaking; memory, testing, listening, and self-advocacy,” explained Dr. Henry.

"The time that students spend at a program like First Step will help them enter college feeling confident and comfortable,” said Dr. Henry.

Muskingum College’s Center for Advancement of Learning is dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities to realize their academic potential and provides the framework for campus-wide academic support. Through the Center, Muskingum College offers its nationally recognized PLUS Program of comprehensive academic support services for students with specific learning disabilities. Those services include tutoring by qualified professionals, advising regarding the number and mix of courses, and group study opportunities.