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As a college-bound high school senior with an IEP or 504 plan, you can experience college with extra support and encouragement as you prepare to take regular college courses.


If you have special learning needs, an IEP or 504 plan in high school and are planning to attend college, JCCC’s College Success Strategies for TIPS course can prepare you. Held on the JCCC campus, the course gives you the opportunity to:

  • Experience college with extra support and encouragement from faculty and staff
  • Attend a section of JCCC’s College Success Strategies course
  • Develop strong self-advocacy skills and alleviate fears regarding college
  • Identify and develop personal strengths through the CliftonStrengths
  • Be actively involved in an exciting, cutting-edge curriculum

Success starts with the College Success Strategies for TIPS course

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Read a college textbook effectively
  • Take meaningful lecture notes
  • Integrate lecture and reading notes
  • Prepare for and take exams
  • Practice time management principles
  • Master an electronic learning management system
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Explore career options

First — you’ll learn how to apply these methods to your high school or other college classes.

Second — the methods will help you meet the higher level demands of your college work.

Third — you’ll receive 3 JCCC elective credit hours, which count toward college graduation as part of a degree program.

Get started today!

As a high school senior with an IEP or 504 plan who is ready for the rigors of college courses, follow these steps to enroll in the College Success Strategies for TIPS course:

  1. You’ll need a referral from your high school special education representative or counselor.
  2. Your representative or counselor will contact the College Success Transition Program Coordinator for a TIPS application.
  3. You’ll need to complete a JCCC application at least one week before the orientation.
  4. After the TIPS orientation, you’ll enroll in the College Success Strategies for TIPS

In order to enroll in the TIPS course, you must:

  • Be a high school senior from a participating high school
  • Have approval from your special education representative or counselor, as well as a JCCC College Success Transition Program Coordinator
  • Meet the requirements and complete the College Success Strategies for TIPS application before being allowed to enroll
  • Attend classes at JCCC Monday through Thursday afternoons
  • Have your own transportation to and from JCCC
  • Pay for this 3 credit hour class and purchase the textbook

Contact information:

Janine Kluckhohn
College Success Transition Program Coordinator
913-469-8500, ext. 3543

Valerie Mann
College Success Department Chair and Assistant Professor
913-469-8500, ext. 3335