Compensatory Education is a community college program for adults with intellectual disabilities or adults with brain injury functioning at a level of intellectual disability. The program is designed to help the individual acquire and maintain basic and life skills needed to function successfully in daily living. Additionally, the program fosters the participant's ability to become an active participant in the community through work, socialization, home life and faith community.

The program features lessons in:

  • Functional Academics
  • Community Living
  • Health and Safety
  • Leisure and Humanities

Our Philosophy

Individuals with disabilities are PEOPLE first!

At Haywood Community College, it is our belief that as more adults with disabilities become active in community life, our shared vocabularly will continue to evolve.

Our guiding principal is to refer to the person first, not the disability. We approach every student with dignity and respect to ensure that the disability is not the defining characteristic of an individual, but merely one aspect of the whole person.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to participate in the program, an individual:

  • Must be age 17 or older
  • Be diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or functioning on a level of intellectual disability resulting from brain damage or head injury


Classes and materials are provided free of charge by Haywood Community College

Contact Us

For more information about Compensatory Education, please contact a Program Specialist by calling (828) 565-4183 or our Administrative Offices at (828) 627-4648.  You may also visit our Administrative Offices in the 300 Building on HCC's Main Campus, inside Suite #372.