USC Aiken to offer new Pacer LIFE program for adults with intellectual disabilities

A new two-year program at USC Aiken will offer adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop independent living and employability skills while living on the school’s campus.

Dr. Melissa Martin spoke to the Rotary Club of Aiken on Monday at Newberry Hall about Pacer LIFE and its curriculum.

At least 12 students will be accepted for the postsecondary education program initially, and tentative plans call for them to begin their studies during the fall semester of 2023.

Pacer LIFE participants will complete at least one credit hour of coursework each semester.

In addition, they will take functional literacy, functional living skills, daily living skills and job training classes.

Also included in the program will be paid and unpaid internships at USCA and in the community.


USC Aiken’s School of Education developed the Pacer LIFE program.

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