Learning-disabled students receive support to succeed at PVCC

Twenty-four Maricopa Community College students now will receive personalized mentoring and academic support from NorthBridge College Success Program.

This unique opportunity is part of a pilot program funded by the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence, a support organization of the Arizona Community Foundation.

The NorthBridge Maricopa Pilot will support these students, who have learning disabilities (Dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, and processing disorders), at Glendale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, according to a press release. Each student will meet weekly with a NorthBridge mentor, who will help them adjust to the rigors of college work and improve their executive functioning and study skills.

Students will also meet with a NorthBridge academic specialist for three hours each week to help them develop an academic routine as they progress through their classes.

Applications are now being accepted for the Paradise Valley Community College Pilot and can be found at the PVCC Disability Resources & Services Office or by e-mailing NorthBridge at info@NorthBridgeaz.org.

According to the Arizona Board of Regents’, most recent College Completion Report, only 26 percent of Arizona college students graduate in three or six years, the release stated.

This pilot will test best-practice strategies specific to supporting students with learning disabilities; who drop out at greater rates and take more time to graduate than neurotypical students.

Both NorthBridge and the Maricopa Community College District embraced the Arizona community Foundations’ pilot idea as a great opportunity to find out how to best support the specific needs of this growing college population.

“The comprehensive design of this program allows Northbridge to empower students with learning differences to pursue and thrive in their postsecondary pursuits,” stated Vince Yanez, executive director for education and public policy for the Arizona Community Foundation, in the release.

NorthBridge will work with the Disability Resource Service Team at Paradise Valley Community College to identify students for the second pilot, which begins in January.

“NorthBridge is pleased to be partnering with the committed educators at Glendale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges. Both have welcomed this opportunity. It’s exciting that together we are ensuring that 24 students who learn differently, will develop the skills and resiliency to achieve their post-secondary goals,” stated Jason Moore, NorthBridge executive director, in the release.

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