What is Special Learning Needs?

Special Learning Needs is an adult education program at Central Piedmont Community College for adults with an intellectual disability or brain injury.  The program teaches the basic life skills needed to live more independently and work successfully.

What types of subjects will students study in these classes?

Students work on eight domains: reading and writing, math and money management, consumer education, job seeking and job success skills, interpersonal relationships, community living, government, and basic computer skills.

Where are when are classes held?

Classes are held on CPCC’s Central Campus, Nevins, Inc., and LIFESPAN.  On-campus students taking morning or afternoon classes.  Community students work with their agency to create their schedules.

How much will it cost to take these classes?

The classes are free.  The College also provides all necessary books and materials.

How long does the program last?

We suggest that students work on the four components of the curriculum for two years before entering Transitions for another two years.  Each student’s needs are different, so we encourage students to meet with our academic advisor.

What are the requirements for taking classes at Central Campus?

Students must:

  1. Be 16 years of age or older
  2. No longer attending public school
  3. Documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability or traumatic brain injury
  4. Provide a current psychological evaluation
  5. Have the ability to complete an assessment at a level offered at the location
  6. Have the ability to independently navigate campus (Central campus students)


How do I sign up for these classes?

If you are a program participant at Nevins or LIFESPAN, ask your program manager to assist you in selecting a class.  Students who want to attend the Central Campus classes must first attend an orientation.