Educational Assistance Classes 

Educational Assistance Classes

Hartnell College offers a variety of Educational Assistance Classes designed to assist students to learn strategies for success, and to expand their knowledge.  Students need to check the Schedule of Classes for current offerings each semester. Educational Assistance Classes are in the Learning Skills (LSK) discipline of the College Catalog.  Although Adaptive Physical Education (APE) classes are part of DSPS, the class offerings are listed under Athletics in the College Catalog.

Learning Skills Classes (LSK)

Learning Skills (LSK) classes provide students with the opportunity to enroll in classes that are beneficial to academic skill building, self-understanding, and overall development.  DSPS is pleased to offer a variety of LSK classes to meet the needs of students with disabilities.  The following classes are currently approved by the College, and listed in the College Catalog:

Introduction to College Accommodations, course number LSK 1, is a 1-unit class, is designed to prepare students in the transition from high school to college, with a focus on students requiring special classroom accommodations related to disabilities.  Throughout the course, students will develop knowledge of the academic policies, resources, and campus programs available to students.  Students will learn about the California system of higher education and develop an educational and program plan. 

Memory Skills, course number LSK 90, is a 1-unit class, and is designed to help students with the basic principles of memory improvement, with an emphasis on brain functions in relation to memory and applied methods.  Designed for students with identified memory and concentration deficits, learning disabilities, and other learning challenges.  Applications to college coursework, study skills, test taking as well as personal and social situations.

Emotional Management Skills, course number LSK 105 is a 1.5-unit class, is an introduction to specific behavioral approaches to identify and manage negative feelings.  Positive peer support and self-talk skills designed to manage life disrupting problems, emotions, and events.  Designed for students with ongoing and identified behavioral and emotional challenges.

Learning Strategies, course number LSK 126, is a 1.5-unit class, assists students with disabilities to succeed in college through a better understanding of their own individual learning styles, aptitudes, and behaviors.  Students gain exposure to a variety of ‘best practice’ study skills to succeed in college.  The class includes the identification and analysis of individual learning barriers, such as learning disabilities, emotional management, or physical challenges.

Adaptive Physical Education (APE)

The Adaptive Physical Education Program is an inclusionary program orientated around the philosophy that a student with a disability is provided physical education, who may not be able to participate in general physical education classes.  DSPS offers an array of APE classes, as listed in the College Catalog, and provided below:

Adaptive Core Strengthening, course number PEAD 78 is a 1.5-unit class, and is designed for students with disabilities that desire to improve their core strength, posture and overall fitness level.  This course will utilize and adapt exercise techniques such as Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, and Functional Training.  This class is offered on an open entry/open exit basis.  Students need to register with DSPS

Adapted Swimming, course number PEAD 80, is a 1.5-unit class, and is designed for students with disabilities to acquire basic fundamental skills and functional knowledge of safety to enable the student to successfully participate in swimming.  Students need to register with DSPS.

Adaptive Circuit Endurance, course number PEAD 84, is a 1 to 1.5-unit class, and is designed for the physically challenged students to enhance their strength and cardiovascular endurance by using progressive resistance machines to develop muscle strength, endurance flexibility, and heart health.  This class is offered on an open/entry, open/exit basis.  Students need to register with DSPS.