Future students

Project PAS

Promoting Academic Success Program

The Promoting Academic Success program (PAS) is ideal for selected high school students with cognitive disabilities. You will have the opportunity to take a college-level course. The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) sponsors this program.


Why should I participate in PAS?

  • It may provide new possibilities after you graduate from high school.
  • It prepares you for college expectations.
  • You will be able to use standard HACC support services during the class . These services include college success workshops and approved accommodations for college work.
  • You will earn a letter grade for the course. This grade will appear on your HACC transcript.


What is the program like?

You will travel to HACC once a week for eight weeks. Each session is two hours.

The one-credit college course "Promoting Academic Success" is the basis of the program. By successfully completing the course, you will:

  • Demonstrate awareness of disability laws. You will understand the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities in the college setting.
  • Learn about assistive technology that may help you succeed in college.
  • Explore and practice behaviors of success. These behaviors promote personal responsibility for academic success -this includes learning.
  • Become familiar with the HACC Campus. You will learn about its programs, policies, support services and resources.
  • Strengthen and develop academic learning skills. You will sharpen your lecture comprehension and note-taking, study strategies and memory improvement. You will also understand different learning styles and test-taking techniques.
  • Develop strategies for problem-solving and effective decision-making.


What does it cost?

OVR covers tuition, fees and books for eligible students. Students are responsible for their own transportation.


Am I eligible?

There are certain requirements for acceptance into PAS. You need to:

  • have a cognitive disability (e.g. Learning Disability, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • be approved by OVR
  • be a high school senior for fall semester classes or a junior for spring semester classes