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Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate - Academic Plan


Total Credits = 36

The Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate is offered for students participating in Elevate at ACC. Elevate at ACC was established to provide inclusive higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to foster academic growth, prepare for gainful employment, develop needed skills for independent living & engage socially with the broader campus community.

With the Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate, students that complete the Elevate at ACC program will earn a modified certificate of completion and develop essential occupational and life skills. The program is designed to be a progression of fully-inclusive academic access, outcome-focused vocational preparation, student-centered personal development and naturally-supported student engagement over the course of three years with some flexibility determined by student goals and success. This Certificate program will be highly individualized based upon students' vocational aspirations as aligned with ACC coursework and experiences.

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)

Year 2: Fall
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)
Year 2: Spring
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)
Year 3: Fall
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)
Year 3: Spring
Area of Study Course (3 Cr.)


  • To apply: Complete and return the Elevate at ACC Application Packet to the Student Access Services Office by deadline listed on Elevate at ACC web page. The packet includes the basic application document, documentation of intellectual or developmental disability, the applicant essay, and two letters of recommendation (one personal and one professional). Eligible applicants with be invited to campus for an admissions interview. All finalists will also be required to participate in an Elevate at ACC Full Day Experience.
  • To be considered for admission to program: The applicant must have a documented intellectual or developmental disability that interferes with their academic performance.
  • Upon acceptance into the Elevate at ACC program, student will meet with an Elevate staff advisor to determine an appropriate individualized academic plan in alignment with the student's vocational outcome. 18 credit hours will be spent in courses dedicated to gaining competencies for employment in their desired field.