Admission Options for Non-High School Graduates or Recipients of the Alabama Occupational Diploma 

 Students not having been awarded The Alabama High School Diploma or its equivalent or the GED may be admitted under the "Ability to Benefit" provision after successfully passing the designated ability to benefit assessment.  Students receiving the Certificate of Completion must participate in the ability to benefit assessment.  Students awarded The Alabama Occupational Diploma are required to take the ability to benefit assessment unless they possess valid composite ACT scores of 16 or higher. Students not having been awarded The Alabama High School Diploma or its equivalent or the GED may be admitted under the "Ability to Benefit" provision after successfully passing the designated ability to benefit assessment.  Students receiving the Certificate of Completion must participate in the ability to benefit assessment.  Students awarded The Alabama Occupational Diploma are required to take the ability to benefit assessment unless they possess valid composite ACT scores of 16 or higher.


Apply for Admission:

If you must take the ability to benefit assessment, please apply for admission first.  Apply Now!  

You will be invited by letter to the next available ability to benefit assessment.  These are usually held just prior to the beginning of each semester / term.

After your assessment results have been evaluated, you will be contacted  by the Admissions Office regarding your next step in the admission process.  

You may register for classes once you have been admitted to the College.


 

Select Programs:

Students admitted under the “Ability to Benefit” provision may enroll only in courses not creditable toward an associate degree and may enter one of the following programs at the short certificate / certificate award level:
  • Automotive Body Repair
  • Automotive Mechanics
  • Barbering
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Commercial Foods Service
  • Commercial Sewin
  • Cosmetology
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medium / Heavy Truck Technician
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Plumbing
  • Sewing in Soft Interior Furnishings
  • Sewing in Tailoring and Alterations
  • Welding 


Students may not proceed beyond the short certificate award unless the GED or The Alabama High School Diploma or its equivalent is acquired.

Federally funded financial aid is not available for the programs listed above.

Ability-to-Benefit assessments are scheduled prior to the beginning of each term. To learn more about assessment times / dates / locations, please call 205.929.6385.

Lawson State Community College also provides a variety of Adult Education Services. The Adult Education Program has among its priorities putting people to work, helping people obtain the GED, helping them enter postsecondary education / training, and seeking to improve literacy skills. For more information, call 205-929-6476 or visit Adult Education.