Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

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College Compass

College Compass

Program Description

College Compass classes are designed for adults who wish to improve their academic and independent living skills. The classes are planned to help students acquire basic skills to develop abilities needed to become more independent and self-directed and to meet and manage community, social, work, and personal adult responsibilities.

Classes are available in Caldwell and Watauga counties. Classes and materials are free. For more information, call 828.726.2275 or 828.726.2230 (Caldwell) or 828.297.5253 (Watauga)

Goals and Objectives

  • Students will become more independent and self-directed.
  • Students will learn to meet and manage community, social, work and personal adult responsibilities.

Instructional Program

  • Basic Education
  • Community Living
  • Consumer Education
  • Health
  • Language
  • Leisure Education
  • Life Skills
  • Math
  • Money Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-advocacy
  • Social Science
  • Vocational Education/Pre-employment Skills

The Community Classroom

College Compass Classes utilize the concept of the community classroom. Students are engaged in activities throughout the community that promote self-determination and independence such as:

  • Job Shadowing
  • Learning to be an advocate
  • Maintaining an independent lifestyle
  • Paying bills and budgeting
  • Pre-employment skills
  • Recognizing and utilizing community resources
  • Shopping for groceries, clothes, household items
  • Using leisure time


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Ginny Navarro
Director, Special Populations/ Adult Education / Instructor

College & Career Readiness
Caldwell - G - 204
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