Educational Assistance Center

Office Hours

Day of Week Hours
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday  8 am - 6 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 pm

Registration Assistance

Students with verified disabilities develop educational plans/contracts in line with their goals for educational development and employment. These plans, as well as the courses required to meet them and the accommodations to neutralize the disabilities are reviewed each semester with an EAC counselor. Students may enroll during the priority registration period after the counseling appointment.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Make an appointment with the EAC counselor to select classes and arrange for services for the coming semester.
  2. Take the white and blue priority registration card to the Admissions Office (LRC Building) with your payment. Note: If you work with the Department of Rehabilitation, bring your IEP and call your DR counselor immediately after your EAC appointment to arrange for payment.
  3. Return to the EAC with the computer print out which you receive as verification of your enrollment.

Equipment - Audio recorders for loan 

The EAC has a limited number of digital audio recorders for loan to students who require them as an accommodation.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Contact the Accommodations Specialist in the EAC and request the necessary equipment.
  2. Sign a contract accepting responsibility for the equipment loaned to you. Although there is no fee or deposit required, if the equipment is not returned at the end of the semester, a fine will be assessed according to the value of the equipment and you will not be permitted to enroll for classes again until the fine is paid.

Hot Tip : Use an audio recorder to record your instructor's lectures, then play them back while you're driving in your car. You get the double benefit of study time while you drive!

Sign Language Interpreters

Deaf or hard-of-hearing students may request interpreters for any of their classes. The request must be made at the time of registration. Assignment of interpreters will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to register early due to a shortage of qualified interpreters.

All interpreters at Oxnard College have passed a screening exam and any hold certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. If you have any problems with interpreting services, please contact the Accommodations Specialist in the EAC.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Contact the Accommodations Specialist in the EAC to discuss the classes you plan to take. Do this as early as possible! Call in June to register for fall classes; call in November to register for spring.
  2. See a counselor to discuss your class schedule and register for class.
  3. If you need an interpreter for other campus activities or for meetings with your instructor, please notify the Accommodations Specialist who will assign an interpreter.

Hot Tip: Pick up a copy of the Interpretation Services handbook. This will acquaint you with the policies for using the services. VERY IMPORTANT: If you will be absent from class, please call the EAC Office 24 hours in advance. We will notify the interpreter.

Audio Books

Some students experience difficulty reading due to visual problems or learning disabilities. EAC works with Learning Ally to provide audio textbooks at no charge to students. EAC also creates audio textbooks in MP3, DAISY, and Kurzweil 3000 formats. As technology expands, we are creating alternate textbooks for a wide variety of portable devices including Ipad, Kindle, and Nook. Check with us for details.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Register as soon as possible for your classes.  -- Take advantage of early registration at EAC!
  2. Contact the Accommodations Specialist in EAC .
  3. EAC will order or create audio books and will notify you when they arrive.

Other sources for audio books:

  • The EAC High Tech Center Lab has scanning software (Kurzweil 3000) to read books.
  • You can get personal access to the large Learning Ally audio library with an individual membership for a reasonable annual fee. Contact Learning Ally at 1-(800) 221- 4792.
  • Braille Institute Library --(213) 660-3880.
  • Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology --(916) 445-5103

Hot Tip:  Do not wait until classes start to order your audio books. There is sometimes a lengthy turnaround time to acquire or create audio textbooks. Order your books as soon as you register for classes.

Note-Taking

If your counselor determines that you require note-taking assistance in your classes, EAC will provide this service. The note taker is usually another student in your class who is willing to provide a copy of his/her lecture notes.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Inform EAC staff that you will require lecture notes.
  2. You will be given a memo to give to your instructor for each class in which you will receive notes. This instructor will read the memo aloud to the class, asking that students who are interested in sharing their notes report to the EAC. The first person to volunteer will be given the memo with your name on it. Please identify yourself to the student after class. (The instructor will not identify you to the class.) 
  3. If you would prefer to name a specific student in your class to provide notes, please discuss it with the student and make the arrangements with EAC before your instructor reads the memo to the class.
  4. If you feel that the notes are of poor quality, or if the note-taker is frequently absent, please come to the EAC office and the Accommodations Specialist will review the situation. If necessary, arrangements can be made for copies of other notes.
  5. Note-taking assistance is not a substitute for attending classes! You must attend class in order to get notes!

Hot Tip: Take some notes yourself so that your opportunity for learning is increased. Review your notes immediately after class, and make additional notes in the margins. Sometime the things you want to remember haven't been emphasized by the note-taker.

Tutoring

The Learning Center provides tutors for all students need additional help. It is located on the second floor of the Library and is accessible via elevator or stairs.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Contact the Learning Center and request a tutor. The number is 986-5846.
  2. Make use of all forms of tutorial assistance such as: enrolling in problem solving sections, study groups, the Writing Center and the Math Center.
  3. Remember that tutorial assistance is not homework assistance. The tutor's role is to answer specific questions about concepts you do not fully understand.
  4. If you need more tutoring in addition to what you receive from the Learning Center, contact the Accommodation Specialist to arrange additional help.

Hot Tip: Make the most of tutorial sessions: come prepared by having a list of questions or concepts that you need help with. This will save you a lot of time.

Testing Accommodations

It is important that your exams, tests and quizzes measure what you have learned and not your disability .If your EAC counselor determines that you require testing accommodations to neutralize the effect of your disability, those services can be arranged through the EAC offices. Some of the accommodations that can be made are:

  • Reader (someone who will read aloud the questions on the exam)
  • Scribe (someone to write the answers that you dictate onto the exam)
  • Spell Checker/dictionary use
  • Sign Language interpreter
  • Large print materials
  • Distraction-free environment
  • Word processor/typewriter use
  • Extra time to take the exam

Procedure for using this service:

  1. When you know the date of an upcoming exam, contact the EAC immediately to make an appointment for the same day your exam is given to the rest of the class. You must make the appointment at least two days in advance.
  2. After your appointment is made, you will be given a testing envelope to give to your instructor. EAC will fill out the top part of the form; your instructor will fill out the bottom part, insert the exam and return the envelope to EAC in time for your appointment.
  3. Arrive on time for your exam! All exams will be administered by a proctor in the EAC classroom (Mondays through Thursdays, 1. pm to 4 pm; Fridays, 1 pm to 3 pm. Evening exams will be by special arrangement). When you have completed your exam, we will arrange to return it to your instructor.

Hot Tip: Make sure your instructor fills out the envelope before sending it back to EAC. This will save you a lot of anguish. If it's not filled out, EAC will return it to the instructor and you may not have the test waiting for you at the appointed time.

Amigo Electric Wheelchairs

For students with physical impairments that limit mobility, the EAC has electric wheelchairs that can make the campus more accessible.

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Contact the Accommodations Specialist to make arrangements for the Amigo Chair and to receive training in its use.
  2. Use of the chair is limited to the hours the campus is open for classes.
  3. The Amigo must be returned to our offices at the end of each day. Special arrangements will be made for night students. Under no circumstances may the chair be taken off campus.

Hot Tip: These wheelchairs can be used by students with temporary disabilities as well.

Employment Services

WorkAbility III is a program which is designed to help students with disabilities become employed and to work at their fullest potential. This program offers employment and support services to EAC students that are clients of the Department of Rehabilitation. Services include:

  • Classes in Assistive Computer Lab
  • Vocational counseling and guidance
  • Job Seeking Strategies
  • Career exploration
  • Individualized job development
  • Job placement
  • On the Job support
  • DR Counseling and Intake

Procedure for using this service:

  1. Make an appointment with WorkAbility Specialist in the EAC.
  2. See the on-site Department of Rehabilitation counselor to identify your need and to open your case with the state Department of Rehabilitation.
  3. See the WorkAbility Specialist regularly for on-going support.

Hot Tip: The process will move much more quickly if you bring a verification of your disability from your physician, school, or psychologist to your first appointment.