Special Student Support Services works with the following special populations of students who have special needs:
- Technical/occupational majors
- Single parents with children under 18
- Single pregnant women
- Displaced homemakers
- Students with disabilities
- Students in majors non-traditional for their gender
- Students with language disadvantages (English as a second language)
Grant money restricts some SSSS services to specific special populations, but SSSS assists the entire student population.
Services available in SSSS include:
Students with small children can apply to Special Student Support Services for help in paying for childcare. Several funding sources allow AC to assist all majors. The preferred childcare provider is AC’s Child and Family Development lab school–the Mary Jo Gorden Child Development Center–located on the grounds of Buckner Family Place.
2.) Transportation Assistance (Available only to Pell Grant-assisted Technical/occupational majors)
Eligible students who commute to classes can apply for assistance with travel costs. This help is based on the amount of funding available, the number of eligible applicants, the number of trips required by their schedules, and the distance traveled.Because transportation assistance is supplied by the Carl Perkins Grant, only workforce development/vocational majors who are also members of special populations are eligible.
A wide range of special help is available in a special second-floor center of the library, to students with disabilities. Special Student Support Services acts as point of contact for these students and as liaison between the college and such agencies as the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, MHMR, and the Adult Learning Centers affiliated with Angelina College in the college service area.
Special equipment–such as computer programs for the visually impaired, a Braille embosser, audio books, a special telephone adaptor, and magnifying equipment–is available to assist students who can benefit from these resources.
Readers, note-takers, campus guides, and tutors are also available.
Students who need special accommodations should visit Special Student Support Services.
4.) Textbook Lending Library (Available primarily to technical/occupational majors)
The Perkins Grant and Shands scholarships fund textbook purchases so that students may borrow the texts they need, rather than spending their own funds. To assure that as many students as possible are served, only one book is available initially. Loaned textbooks are primarily for core curriculum courses. Special populations vocational majors with less than full Pell funding are the first group served. Special populations vocational majors with full Pell are the second group. Finally, the general student population may borrow books. On the third class day, students may return to request a second textbook. Application is made in Special Student Support Services.
5.) Buckner Family Place (a rental assisted community for 40 students who qualify)
Since 1997, Angelina College and its partners, Buckner Family Place and the Family Crisis Center, have provided rental assistance for low-income single parents through grants from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Most of the program participants live at Buckner Family Place, a 40-unit community on the northernmost part of the campus.
Participants must be full-time Angelina College students. They must maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average, participate in counseling, parenting and budget management programs, and adhere to the rules and guidelines of the program and their landlord.
Applications for the rental assistance program are available from Special Student Support Services and Buckner Family Place.
6.) HELP Loans
Interest free loans are made for $200 or less; available to all students who have a financial emergency that could cause them to leave school.
The HELP Loan Fund is available to lend small sums, interest-free, to any student with a financial emergency that might cause him to leave school. The loans are for less than $200, and students are encouraged to supply some of their need through their own efforts, if possible. Most of these loans are secured by Pell Grant balances that are not available to students until after the last drop date; some are secured by work-study wages; and some are repaid in installments.
Before a loan is given, every effort is made to determine that the need is real-through price quotations, repair estimates, and the like. Of course, not all needs can be supported with documentation; students who need money for food for their children and themselves, for example, are certainly not required to prove the need. However, knowing in advance that Pell Grant balances will not be immediately available, students should budget such ongoing expenses as rent, car notes, and utility payments.
STUDENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT HELP LOANS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE ADVANCES ON PELL GRANT FUNDS, NOR ARE THEY SUBSTITUTES FOR TRADITIONAL FINANCIAL AID.
Loans for tuition are not allowed.
7.) Tutorial Services (available to all students)
Special Student Support Services provides no-cost tutoring to students in academic difficulty. The tutors are well-qualified part-time employees who are able to provide assistance in a specific area of study.
Students choose to attend tutoring sessions for subjects in which they need assistance; they may begin and end tutoring at their own discretion.
Ordinarily, though, waiting to request help until shortly before a critical exam does not produce the best result. Ongoing academic assistance is the best course of action. Notices about tutoring times will be posted on bulletin boards and announced to faculty.
8.) Clothing Vouchers (available to all students with a need)
An agreement with Goodwill, Inc., provides vouchers for clothing from a Goodwill store. Students may secure a voucher every three months, or more often if special circumstances warrant.