First-year Academic Studies Program (FASP)for students with disabilities is affiliated with the college's Academic Skills Center, which coordinates a diverse network of academic services including a Tutoring Program, a Writing Center, Learning Strategies Workshop Program, a summer College Entry Program, and advocacy for special needs of students.  Program Application here. 

Skills Development And Self-Advocacy
Supportive, yet empowering, the First-year Academic Studies Program is specially designed to assist students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or spectrum diagnosis matriculating at King's College. The program focuses on developing course-related learning strategies, self-advocacy skills, and self-confidence for first and second year students. The program recognizes that the first year of college is a year of transition for students. The need for independence and self-confidence must be balanced with the development of successful strategies for learning and self-advocacy. To facilitate this transition, the First-year Academic Studies Program enrolls students in regular classes at the College, but supports each class with a structured academic coaching a few one-on-one  sessions per week. 
Transition Is A Process
Accepted students learn that transitioning into a collegiate lifestyle is a three step process. Success in this environment includes skill development, mentoring, in addition to advocacy and gaining independence. Support during the first year is more intense, with structured one to one assistance. Students will meet individually with a learning specialist who will introduce adn review strategies to meet their specific needs. The learning specialist and other Academic Skills staff will act as advocates for the student in the first year and mentor students as they develop self-advocacy skills.
Toward the end of the first year, support becomes less intense as students learn to achieve a level of independence for their specific needs. Students can continue to particpate in FASP during the 2nd year with less intensive once a week sessions.  As students matriculate into the 3rd and 4th years, staff have an open door policy for continuing to meet when student initiated and use accommodations as needed. 

Program Features

  • guidance on transition to college
  • support in using college accommodations
  • college survival skills and use of college resources
  • time management and organizational strategies
  • memory, note taking, and test-taking strategies
  • personal development skills 
  • self-esteem and self- advocacy
  • stress and anxiety

Levels Of Support

Tier 1
This level offers the most comprehensive program for students who need intensive academic support. Students will meet three times per week with a learning specialist to foster development of meta-cognitive skills, independence, and to strengthen self-confidence and self-sufficiency. A fee is charged. (first-year students only)

Tier 2
This level offers less involved and less direct support services. Students meet with a learning specialist up to 20 sessions per semester to review overall progress, note improvements and needs, and discuss available resources. This tier is designed for students who are ready to take control of their educational goals and manage daily tasks, but who may need periodic support and encouragement. A fee is charged. (sophomores and transfer students)


Students applying for the First-year Academic Studies Program must complete the following process:

  1. Applicants must complete an application for admission to King's and a supplemental application for the First-year Academic Studies Program.
  2. Applicants must submit a current  psycho-educational evaluation or re-evaluation, including a Wais-R  (or other documentation that meet crieteria) and one Teacher Input Survey. 
  3. Applicants must interview with the Learning Disabilities/ FASP Coordinator or theDirector of ASC/ Disability Services Coordinator

Application deadline is July 1.

Application Forms

First-year Academic Studies Program application word doc

You can mail, upload, email, or fax applications 

Sheri Yech
King's College Academic Skills Center
133 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

fax- 570-825-9049
Open House or Visitations 
We invite you to bring your family along to Open House events. We are often available to meet families during planned events or daily campus tours. 

For more information on how a student with a disability can make the most of his or her college years, contact:

Mrs. Sheri Yech, Director of Academic Skills Center                                   Mrs. Dawn Shedlarski
Disability Services Coordinator                                                                        Learning Specialist/ FASP Coordinator
Mulligan 94                                                                                                           Phone: 570-208-5900 x 8087
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