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Targeted Populations

Our classrooms are more diverse than ever and as instructors and staff we need to respond to the needs of all students through our teaching approaches, the creation of strong community of learners and the availability of resources to make learning available to all. Josephine Scott offers some ideas for meeting the needs of diverse learners.

VetNET

VetNet is GCC’s club for student veterans. Our primary goal is to generate a campus-wide culture that embraces the leadership, discipline, and high standards veterans bring to our campus while translating their military experience to student success. Learn more about student veterans in Alison Lighthall’s article for NEA’s Thought and Action, 10 Things You Should Know About Today’s Student Veteran.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring offers students the opportunity to look at how they learn. Students enrolled in any GCC course are welcome to meet with peer tutors in the fall and spring semesters. In tutoring sessions, students explore ways to study and problem-solve, and they apply these strategies to specific course assignments. Students meet individually with tutors in our offices in the 4th floor of the Core. In many introductory math and English courses, peer tutors assist students in the classroom.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services works with students, faculty, and staff to promote universal design and to remove barriers to access on campus.

Disability Services collaborates with the GCC counseling staff to provide ongoing support for students with a variety of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, mental illness, low vision/blindness, deafness and traumatic brain injury. Disability Services also serves as a resource center for medical and legal advocacy, information, and referrals. Disability Services is also responsible for verifying student eligibility for accommodations, coordinating accommodations across campus, and providing consultation and training about disabilities for faculty and staff.

For more information on Universal Access and learning how to make materials available to all learners, visit the National Center on Disability and Access to Education.

Some tips for working with students at GCC:

ü	Always speak to the student privately about their disability or accommodation(s).<br />
ü	Avoid allowing other students or faculty to hear these private conversations. This includes conversations regarding testing accommodations, class absences related to disability, etc.<br />
ü	Arrange for students to pick up copies of notes for class materials that have been put into accessible format in a time and manner that protects their confidentiality.<br />
ü	When in doubt as to what to do to protect the student’s right to confidentiality ask the student how they would prefer something to be handled or call the Office of Disability Services.<br />

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