Support Services Programs
A Non-Traditional student is defined as "a student who is enrolled in a program of study in which either gender comprises less than 25 percent of the current enrollment."
Click here to view Non-Traditional Programs offered at TSTC Harlingen.
A Non-Traditional Student must provide the following verifying documentation:
A Single Parent is defined as "an individual, male or female who is unmarried, not considered married by common law, legally separated or divorced from a spouse and who is the custodial parent of a child or children under the age of 18".
A Single Parent must provide verifying documentation from one of the following sources:
A Displaced Homemaker is defined as "an adult individual, male or female who has worked primarily without pay to care for home, family, and children and for this reason has diminished skills for enter the labor force".
A Displaced Homemaker must provide the following verifying documentation:
A Single Expectant Mother is defined as "a female who is pregnant, unmarried, or legally separated or divorced from a spouse". (Qualifying students need to meet with the Gender Equity Advocate for further program specifications and required documentation.)
Services for Qualified Students
Support Services assists qualifying Single Parents, Displaced Homemakers and Non Traditional students with Textbook Assistance. This service is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational & Applied Technology Act and is contingent upon the availability of funds during the pertinent semester, and adherence to program policies. Textbook Assistance is provided on a first come first serve basis.
Support Services maintains a Lending Library that is comprised of many commonly used textbooks which current registered TSTC students are allowed to use on a semester basis. The Lending Library is available for use after the first week of classes TO STUDENTS WHO DO NOT QUALIFY for the Special Populations Program. All textbooks borrowed will be the responsibility of the student for the duration of the semester and must be returned at the end of the semester.
Child Care Services
Support Services provides students at Texas State Technical College Harlingen with child care referrals. Referrals are made to the following providers:
TSTC Harlingen Support Services also assists a limited number of qualifying Single Parent, Displaced Homemaker, Single Expectant Mothers, and Non Traditional students pursuing a non-traditional program of study with subsidized child care. A student must complete an application at the Support Services Office every semester and selections are made on the basis of need.
These services are funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational & Applied Technology Education Act and are contingent upon the availability of funds and adherence to program policies.
How to Qualify
Eligible students must meet the following criteria to receive services offered through the Special Populations Program:
*Part time students will be considered on a case by case basis by the Gender Equity Advocate.
It is the policy of TSTC to adhere to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal law defines a disability as an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; has a record of such an impairment; or is being regarded as having such an impairment. (definition as amended by the ADA Act of 2008)
Services for Qualified Students with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations are provided on a case by case basis to qualified students. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
TSTC Support Services has assistive/adaptive equipment available to students with disabilities or impairments. They are located in the Support Service Office and the Learning Resource Center. This may include, but are not limited to:
TSTC and Support Services assumes no responsibility for personal attendants necessary for independent living nor specialized medical care.
Support Services serves as a liaison with instructors, staff, and appropriate federal and state agencies to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided.
Students are encouraged to contact Support Services in a timely manner for each semester they will be requiring accommodations to allow sufficient time for coordinating reasonable accommodation requests.
How to qualify
Support Services has outlined a process for students seeking accommodations. The student is responsible for meeting the following guidelines:
First Phase, Student Must:
Second Phase, Student must:
Third Phase,Student must:
Accommodations do not transfer from semester to semester. Student is responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner prior to each semester enrolled. Student may be required to provide updated supportive documentation, if student has not received services for more than two semesters consecutively. Questions and concerns regarding an instructor's implementation of accommodations, should be directed to the Disability Accommodation Specialist immediately.
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