The learning disabilities program offers students with learning disabilities educational assessment, support services and assistance with educational planning. Students who believe they have a learning disability should contact a staff member to schedule an intake appointment. Diagnostic testing may be administered to determine eligibility and to develop an educational plan for academic success. It is important that you start this process before you need accommodations in your classes since it involves three to four appointments with four to six hours of assessment to determine eligibility for services. Support services may include specialized tutoring, special courses, accommodated testing, books on tape and/or liaison with instructors and counselors.
What is the Learning Center?
The Orange Coast College Learning Center is a Special Services program that was initiated in 1975. It is designed to assist students who have been identified as having a learning disability and who demonstrate specific learning problems in the academic skill areas of reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. The Learning Center also provides a variety of support services.
Each student's learning disability is evaluated by members of the Learning Center staff. To be eligible for services, students must meet a set of state standards that involve achievement scores, intellectual ability scores and processing deficits.
Individualized remedial programs are developed which include a wide variety of teaching materials and techniques. Once a student is enrolled in the program, he or she may earn one to three units of credit per semester. (Students may enter the program at any time during the semester).
What services are provided in the Learning Center?
Various instructional methods and materials are used. These methods include: multi sensory instruction, computer-assisted instruction and taped instructional programs. Instruction is individualized or occurs in small group settings. Individual educational contracts are developed to help students improve skills in such areas as reading comprehension, basic writing, spelling and mathematics.
The Learning Center offers a series of workshops designed to develop student study skills. Topics covered include: time management, textbook reading, note taking and exam preparation.
Academic Course Tutoring
The Learning Center offers specialized assistance in mathematics, English and psychology classes offered at Orange Coast College. The center may also conduct study groups for other academic classes.
Additional Support Services Available
- Academic & Vocational Counseling
- Advocacy to insure reasonable accommodations
- Note takers
- Test proctoring/assistance
- Registration Assistance
- Liaison with Instructors
- Special Equipment Loans
- Accessibility to Disabled Students' High Tech Center\
- Orientation Workshops
Where is the Learning Center located and what are the hours?
The Learning Center is centrally located on campus in the Special Services complex near the admissions and Records Building.
The Learning Center is open:
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 a.m. to Noon
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Learning Center at