PUTNEY, Vt. — Starting this fall, Landmark College, a higher-education institution geared toward students with learning differences, will offer a new gap-year option for high school graduates, the college recently announced.

The program, “Transition at College,” is for students with learning and developmental disabilities — such as dyslexia, ADHD or autism — who may be unsure if they are interested in pursuing a college degree, according to a news release.

“This program is ideal for students who want a slower transition into the college experience,” said Kevin M.R. Mayne, vice president for enrollment management at the college, in the release. “TaC gives them the opportunity to assess their academic, social, and professional skills, while developing a plan for the future.”

Participants will live on campus and take a reduced credit load in the college’s associate degree program while also participating in skill-building workshops, campus activities, athletics and field trips, the release says. The program also emphasizes development of life skills and incorporates periodic team meetings with families, according to the release.

“Deciding if college is the right choice can be difficult, especially for students with diagnosed learning difference,” Mayne said in the release. “Through TaC, Landmark College provides the time and support to explore the academic and social aspects of college life to determine if it is the right path.”

Additional information about the program, including how to apply, is available at www.landmark.edu/tac.

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