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What is a Section 504?

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 ensures: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. . .”

For any questions, please contact Linda Cylc; Section 504 Coordinator; 834–2824 x 52824

*Excerpts taken from US Dept. Of Education website.

Individualized Education Program

Annually, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team determines the appropriate educational program for students receiving special education services. Both parents and students are required to be part of the IEP Team. We strongly encourage the student to actively participate in their education as they transition to high school and to the world of work. For further information, contact Alison Burroughs, Special Education Team Leader, 834-0928.

The NCC Vo-Tech School District’s philosophy sets high expectations for all students. Students with disabilities are placed in general education academic classes where services and accommodations are provided; however, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams decide the student’s Least Restrictive Environment. In 10th through 12th grades, students with disabilities who are pursuing a diploma are found throughout all career areas. As the Inclusion services continue to expand, the model may appear different in each of the schools depending on the school’s unique programs. Our most prevalent method through which special education services are delivered is the Learning Support Coach model. Coaches support the general education instructor and monitor that appropriate accommodations and modifications are in place for those students who have an IEP. Coaches engage with students to enhance their self-advocacy skills.

Hodgson’s Learning Support Team grad cap

Alison Burroughs, Team Leader
Linda Cylc, Psychologist
Daniel Omangi, 9th grade Learning Support Coach
Whitney Singer, 9th grade Learning Support Coach
Michelle Rabinovitch, 10th grade Learning Support Coach
Shawana Wilson, 10th grade Learning Support Coach
Ilene Wilson, 11th grade Learning Support Coach
Bethany Clifton, 11th grade Learning Support Coach
Jennifer Holdsworth, 12th grade Learning Support Coach
Victoria Willon, Clerical
Alysha Brannon, Paraeducator
Renee Bolen, Paraeducator
Paula Croson, Paraeducator
Stephen DeGannes, Paraeducator
Matthew Kern, Paraeducator
Del-Nita Outlaw, Paraeducator
Dot Yanacek, Paraeducator
Heather Zulkowski, Paraeducator

How to Prepare for Hodgson

Study!Study 1

  1. Select a good study space. This will be where you study, do homework and assignments and complete school work.
  2. Arrange your work space so you have all the required items to complete your work.
  • Grab a table lamp or a desk light and place it on your working bench.
  • Go shopping and pick out the basics – pencils, erasers, pens, white out (if you write in pen), a ruler, a sharpener and a note pad.
  • Remember, this is high school and you only ever get one shot at it. Make it count. Study 2
  • Study 3Learn to accept the truth. If you want to do well, you will have to learn that you are not always right in life. You are not always doing the correct thing, and that you are not the best at everything.
  • Think positive thoughts when it comes to High School and study. Thinking negative isn’t always going to do you any good, or the people around you.
  • Believe in yourself, and anything can happen. It’s that old saying again even though a lot of people don’t want to hear it, believing in yourself does work.

Student Services – Tutoring

Study 4 Students needing extra help should arrange to stay after with their teachers. 4:30 buses are available every Tuesday and Thursday.


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