Educational Development: An Exemplary Program!
The El Camino College Academic Senate recently filed a nomination on behalf of the ECC Educational Development Department for consideration of the statewide 2017 Exemplary Program Award. This prestigious award is sponsored by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and recognizes outstanding community college programs.

The ECC Educational Development Department provides comprehensive services for the college's Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) students. The department's 15 courses include academic support for students concurrently enrolled in English, math and computer literacy; courses focused on the soft skills necessary for success, such as time-management and self-regulation; curriculum to enhance self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses related to academics and technology; and courses in American Sign Language provided for students with hearing impairments. Remarkably, the modest-sized department manages to offer multiple sections of nearly all the 15 courses each semester.

Students enrolled in the courses have access to a variety of support services available through the Special Resource Center (SRC). The SRC houses the High Tech Center and Alternate Media Services in which Educational Development computer literacy faculty interface and collaborate with seasoned staff to support students as they use the services. The result is high-quality instruction via assistive hardware and software technology, all of which facilitates educational access. This ‚Äúcombination and collaboration‚ÄĚ makes for a very welcoming, supportive environment for Educational Development students. Former students have returned to ECC to comment that they would not have achieved their current professional positions had it not been for the Educational Development coursework, combined with the support of an experienced staff at the SRC. Congratulations to Professor Julie Land and her colleagues in Educational Development and best of luck with this award submission!



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