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Student Outreach and Support Services

This office serves those career and technical students who are having difficulty being successful in their academic program. Students are often times referred by faculty or college staff in an effort to assist the student with being successful. This office was formerly known as Special Populations, which is a term utilized by the Federal Perkins Grant that the college receives.

This grant requires that students be from one of the following six demographic groups:

  1. economically disadvantaged,
  2. individual with a disability,
  3. non-traditional training by gender,
  4. single parent, including pregnant women,
  5. displaced homemaker,
  6. individual with limited English proficiency.

Students that need additional services and activities as allowed under the grant, and that are a Career and Technical Occupation major should schedule an appointment for an initial interview with the Student Resource Center. Services and activities are designed to assist the student with their academic success. Services and activities may include tutoring, vocational testing, classroom modifications, note-taking, counseling, vocational guidance and career development activities, labor market information, coordination with Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and attendance costs. Please call (269) 927-8866 to schedule an appointment. The office is located in A-218 on the Benton Harbor Campus.

Monetary awards, known as attendance cost funds, may be available and are based on financial need and program enrollment. Please call (269) 927-8866 for more information.

Disability Resources

Lake Michigan College extends opportunities to students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990, As Amended. The college ensures that its physical facilities, programs, and services are accessible to students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities.

Students have a right to either disclose or not disclose a disability. If a student desires to receive academic accommodations, they must contact the Lake Michigan College Student Outreach and Support Services Office, located in room A-218 on the Napier Avenue Campus. It is recommended they register with the Support Services Office 45 days prior to the start of classes, or as soon as possible. With this disclosure, a student has the responsibility to provide relevant and current documentation of disability describing how it impacts their educational learning. The College is not required to fund the disability documentation process. Accommodations are discussed with the student and result in the development of a Plan of Accommodation. The student will be given copies of the Plan of Accommodation and will be responsible for discussing their accommodations with their individual course instructors. Documentation of disability materials are maintained in a secure area.

In the event that any student with a disability feels that he or she has not received adequate academic accommodations or they find their instructors are resistant to the implementation of the accommodations, they should contact the Coordinator of Student Outreach and Support Services located in room A-218 or call (269) 927-8866. In the event that any student with a disability feels that they have been discriminated against or has generally been treated unfavorably based on their disability, that student should also contact the Coordinator of Student Outreach and Support Services.

Other Available Programs

Non-Traditional Program
Consider a non-traditional career. Enter a Career & Technical Education program not traditionally chosen by those of your gender. Funds may be available to non-traditional students for tuition, books, supplies and required equipment/tools.

Determination for qualifications are based on Michigan Department of Education State Board approved Career & Technical Education programs in which men or women are less than 25% of the program enrollment in the chosen field.