Central Baptist College has announced a new program to ensure student success called the Autism Spectrum Assistance Program (ASAP).

According to a news release, ASAP is a program for students interested in attending college, but are in need of additional supports in order to be successful.

Paula Bender, CBC’s Disability Support Services Coordinator Paula Bender said the school’s goal is to support students on the autism spectrum through college.

"We believe ASAP will be a tremendous benefit to these students and allow them to have the full college experience," she said.

The program is accepting applications for a limited number of openings for the 2017 Fall semester. ASAP is open to students admitted to CBC in any degree program and there is a cost for the services in addition to tuition. Information and applications are available on the program’s website at cbc.edu/asap.

ASAP provides extensive support in addition to the appropriate accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Academic tutoring and study skills instruction will be provided. Peer mentors will be assigned and counseling provided to assist with social skills.

Students may also participate in ASAP Bootcamp. The bootcamp allows students to experience campus life in a structured, small group setting during the summer in preparation for the beginning of school.

"Central Baptist College provides a unique opportunity for students on the autism spectrum," Bender said. "The small student-faculty ratio allows more access to instructors and individual attention. The small campus environment is where students can discover their place and feel part of the campus community."

Students must meet the minimum admissions requirements of CBC, provide documentation of disability and letters of recommendation from educators and or counselors to be considered for the program.

For more information on the program, contact Paula Bender at pbender@cbc.edu or 501-205-8926 or visit cbc.edu/asap.