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Ability to Benefit Students


Admission of Ability to Benefit Students.  In keeping with the mission of the Alabama Community College System, applicants with less than a high school diploma or GED may be admitted to courses not creditable toward an associate degree or programs comprised exclusively of courses not creditable toward an associate degree, PROVIDED they meet the following criteria:

  1. Are at least 17 years of age, and have not been enrolled in secondary education for at least one calendar year, and have specifically documented ability to benefit (appropriate scores on the ASSET® or COMPASS™ in certain cases), OR

  2. Hold the Alabama Occupational Diploma, as defined by the Alabama State Board of Education,  the high school diploma of another state equivalent to the Alabama Occupational Diploma,  or an equivalent diploma issued by a non-public high school, and have not achieved a minimum ACT® score of 16 or a minimum SAT® score of 790 on Critical Reading and Math

Educational programs composed exclusively of courses not creditable toward an associate degree which are available to the general public include auto body repair, cabinetmaking/carpentry, cosmetology, cosmetology nail technology, masonry, and welding technology.