Connect Program

What’s next after high school? Am I ready for four more years of classes? Am I ready to live on my own? Do I have the skills to succeed in college? If you are asking yourself these questions and thinking about what’s next, then the Connect Program may be right for you.

What is the Connect Program?

The Davis & Elkins College Connect Program is a nine-month comprehensive academic readiness pre-college program that prepares recent high school graduates with learning disabilities to continue in higher education and to discover and embrace life opportunities and goals. It allows students to experience all the challenges of college such as exposure to dorm life, the rigors of college academics, making personal choices, managing personal time, and preparing one’s self socially and emotionally to lead a successful life.


Throughout the two-semester program, students will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 credit hours. Emphasizing the development of learning strategies and study skills along with social skills and executive functioning, Connect students receive support in and out of the classroom and are able to access on-campus resources. The program focuses on building confidence and independence, enabling students to become empowered to step out of their comfort zone and explore interests.


  • To help students identify their next step in life, whether college, a job or a career training program.
  • To identify learning styles and promote effective and independent use of learning strategies.
  • To prepare students for challenging academics, appropriate social interactions and personal independence.
  • To strengthen the ability to self-advocate with confidence.
  • To improve and develop strong executive functioning skills.
  • To better understand college demands and have an immersive college experience.
  • To nurture relationships with Supported Learning Program staff and students to understand individual strengths and weaknesses.

How to Apply

To apply, students can fill out an online application for the Connect Program. In addition to the online application, students need to submit copy of their IEP or 504 plan, secondary school transcripts, one letter of recommendation, a hand-written essay about learning differences/challenges, a psycho-educational evaluation, and a statement from their parent/guardian discussing their strengths, social skills, independent skills, medications, compliance level, personal concerns and future aspirations. All materials, other than the online application, should be mailed to: Davis & Elkins College Connect Program, Attn: Mary Ellen Schubert, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241.