Counseling Services:

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Counseling Services is to aid students in acquiring the appropriate skills, attitudes, abilities, and insights that will enable you to reach your full potential while attending Coastal Pines Technical College. Counseling services are extended to any student at no cost who is interested in personal growth. CPTC’s counseling services' primary emphasis is on short-term personal development counseling to better equip you/the student to deal with personal, social, academic, and educational concerns. Academic Counseling is designed for the student who needs help with time management, concentrating on their work, motivating themselves, getting better grades and coping with excess anxiety connected with test-taking, public speaking in addition to handling the stress of coordinating family, work and academic life. Counselors offer objectivity, caring, support, and confidentiality in a manner and setting designed to promote desired change in these areas. ContactCounseling and Special Services Director or Special Services Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Disabilities Services:

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) offers a number of services to help students challenged by disabilities find success in the academic and technical components of their program of study. A disability is described as a condition that impairs or restricts one or more major life activities. Disabilities may be deemed temporary or permanent impairments. Special services are extended to students who have:

  • Impaired vision or hearing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Medical disabilities
  • Psychological impairments

Request Initiation of Services:

To request and make arrangements for services, the student must meet with the Counseling and Special Services Director or Special Services Coordinator to create a plan for classroom adjustments or accommodations.

Student Responsibilities for disability services:

  • Provide appropriate documentation
  • Request classroom adjustments or accommodations every term
  • Return classroom accommodation forms after they are signed and reviewed by the instructor(s) to the Retention/Special Populations Coordinator
  • Understand that other student services (Financial Aid, Admissions, Career, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
  • Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

What is an Accommodation?

An accommodation is any change to a classroom environment or task that permits a qualified student with a disability to participate in the classroom process, to perform the essential tasks of the class, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of classroom participation equal to those enjoyed by students without disabilities. An accommodation is a legally mandated change that creates an equitable opportunity for task completion or environmental access. There are many types of accommodations that a student may qualify to receive.

Examples of accommodations that a student may qualify to receive:

  • Testing accommodations: Providing a quiet room for test taking; extended time for test-taking; alternative formats for exams
  • Alternative textbook formats: Providing written materials in alternative formats such as large print, Braille, computer disk, or audiotape
  • Assistive technology in accordance with special needs
  • Special classroom seating

Services that will not be provided:

  • Personal devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or glasses
  • Personal services such as assistance with eating, toileting, or dressing
  • Accommodations that lower or change classroom standards or program standards. For example, although instructors may allow alternative assignments or tests, these alternatives will not be easier or harder than the ones they are replacing.
  • Accommodations that would change the essence of a program. For example, a person taking a class in air conditioning repair who has limited use of the hands could not ask to take a written test instead of actually repairing an air conditioning unit. The essence of the course is to actually repair the unit, not to talk or write about it.

Student Veterans and Disabilities:

Other problems that some student Veterans face are physical and emotional disabilities. Physical problems may mean that it takes a student Veteran longer to get to class. Other physical problems may interfere with note-taking or classroom participation. The two most common physical disabilities are listed below. Take a moment to consider how these may impact school performance:

  • Musculoskeletal problems (e.g., amputations, joint pain, back pain). Possible impact: Difficulty sitting for long periods of time, uncomfortable in standard desk, unable to hold pen/pencil or use a keyboard, frequent medical appointments, medication side-effects, mobility.
  • Hearing problems (e.g., hearing loss, tinnitus ("ringing" in-ear)). Possible impact: Need for special seating or equipment, annoyance, missed conversations, difficulty "jumping in".

Up to one-third of Student Veterans may be struggling with "invisible wounds" of war: traumatic brain injury, posttraumatic stress disorder, or major depression. These conditions can also impact school performance. For example, all three "invisible wounds" can impact the ability to concentrate and complete assignments.

  • Invisible Wounds (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and anxiety). Research from the National Center for Veteran Studies suggests that symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and depression are significant in student Veterans. Thoughts about suicide are also a serious concern. Additional research is needed with a large and representative sample of student Veterans. - See more at: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/studentveteran/adjustment.asp#sthash.DWAJFLtQ.mnx1PzAc.dpuf

Student Veteran’s Resources:

To schedule an appointment contact:

Cathy Montgomery, Counseling and Special Services Director
Room 1141, Golden Isles Campus, Brunswick GA 31322
(912) 262-9995
cmontgomery@coastalpines.edu