Polk State College was founded on a commitment to access, and proudly honors that commitment every day.

Polk State is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity institution that complies fully with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability or handicap.

The College provides equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all academic, cultural, recreational and employment opportunities it offers.

Our goal is to provide services and support that ensure students and employees are able to access and participate in the many opportunities available at Polk State College. Students and employees are expected and encouraged to utilize the Office of Disability Services — because at Polk State, nothing will stand in the way of employment or education.

Software

  • The JAWS software reads Web pages, programs, etc., to students who cannot view them.

Equipment

  • Large screens
  • Roller-ball mice

Accessible Workstations

  • Computers
  • Study Areas
  • Tutoring Areas

Disability Services Advisors

Student Services offers students with disabilities a variety of support.  To contact a disability services advisor,  please refer to the list below:

For the Lakeland campus, Polk State Airside Center, and Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center:
Michelle Sams
Associate Dean, Student Services – Lakeland
Polk State Lakeland Campus – LTB 1287
863.669.2823
msams@polk.edu

For the Winter Haven campus, Polk State JD Alexander Center, and Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center:
Yulonda Bell
Associate Dean, Student Services – Winter Haven
Polk State Winter Haven Campus – WAD 176
863.669.2305
ybell@polk.edu

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS:
Lawrence Pakowski
Dean, Student Services – Winter Haven
Polk State Winter Haven Campus – WAD 153A
863.292.3740
lpakowski@polk.edu

Ms. Kimberly Pearsall
Director, Disability and Counseling Services/Acting ADA Coordinator
Polk State Lakeland Campus – LTB 1273
863.669.2309
kpearsall@polk.edu

For more information, please visit the Office of Disability Services Web page.

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRiO is a program designed to assist full-time students who are ultimately pursuing a 4-year degree and are either United States citizens or registered aliens. TRiO provides services for:

  • A student with a learning or physical disability OR
  • A student whose family income falls within federal low-income guidelines OR
  • A first-generation college student (neither parent has received a bachelor’s degree)

CAMPUS LOCATIONS:
Polk State Winter Haven
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Polk State Lakeland
3425 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL  33803

For more information on all of our locations, please visit the Locations Web page. The College’s main number is 863.297.1000.