By Noreen Peebles
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A program at Camden County College seeks to provide note takers to students whose disabilities or impairments interfere with the essential classroom task of taking notes. The program matches students who are good at taking notes with students who have sight or hearing impairments or disabilities.
Robin Hester, student government vice president, says note takers help those who need it but not enough students are involved in the program.
Students are selected to become note takers based on their grade point average and number of disabled or hard-of-hearing students in the classroom, says Cathy Poston, who helps run the program. Once approved, student note takers are paid $8.25 an hour for the semester.
Students who are selected are contacted through their professor and are then screened, Poston says. The screening process usually takes about three weeks and includes online training, completion of an application, background check and payroll paperwork.
Poston says the program helps both the note takers and the students receiving the notes. She says the program’s success is based on the note takers’ work. The note takers must collaborate with the students for whom they are taking the notes and provide the students with substantial notes.
The program is divided into two groups – a deaf and hard-of-hearing group and a disabilities group.