The Challenge Center functions as part of the office of the dean of students, offering students with special learning needs a variety of support and empowerment services during the course of their academic studies. The center focuses on students with learning disabilities and/or attention disorders, and physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities, and also plays a role in assisting students of Ethiopian origin.
The center acknowledges everybody’s right to equal opportunity and embraces the belief that the college has an ethical obligation to develop its campus environment accordingly. The center proffers support, understanding and acceptance together with instruction and professional guidance to enable the students to achieve their full learning potential.
Upon referral to the center and after a personal interview and consultation, an individual support program is devised to suit each student's needs and abilities. This program is reviewed and adjusted annually and accompanies the student from his first year until completion of his studies.
The center's areas of assistance:
Imparting constructive and efficient study methods to improve the learning process and achieve better results.The support is offered within the framework of learning strategy courses and workshops presented by college staff and/or external professionals. In addition the students may take advantage of tutoring throughout the year by high achieving senior students.
The center has integrated the use of technological aids into its programs which are applied by decision of the college's "compatibility committee" in accordance with the special needs of each and every student. Those students in need of a learning skill evaluation can undergo testing at the college's Evaluation Center.
Personally and professionally reinforcing the student. Support is given through workshops: personal empowerment and training, personal and psychological consultation, positive thinking development, and mentoring for the student’s first ventures into academic study.
This support allows recognition and improvement of abilities and identifies impeding behavior patterns; it focuses on finding ways to circumvent and advance both personal and educational goals and bolsters self-confidence and self-belief.
Developing educational leadership:
The workshops endeavor to empower the students through their own personal difficulties in order to transform them into leading educational personalities. The workshops focus on recognition and improvement of impeding behavior patterns by imparting personal tools to advance individual and educational goals and to improve self-confidence and self-belief.
The center also runs workshops on job searching and examination anxiety.
Financial and personal support:
We offer sustenance grants and financial assistance to eligible students for diagnostic evaluations, computers, and coupons to purchase books, study equipment and photocopying to enable them to devote themselves fully to their studies.
Financial help is awarded in accordance with the decision of the center's grants committee.