Melanie J  MCDOWELL

About me

I am a retired teacher (25 years in Special Education). I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education/Educational Diagnostics. 

Currently I work for The Institute for Addiction Education, a startup Career College in Austin, Texas.

I am widely traveled in the United States and in Chile, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Canada.

I am interested in teaching and being part of training viable candidates to learn the skills to become an LCDC Certified Counselor.

Currently this is the focus of IAE. I have been hired to act as the Director of Admissions.


Is anyone enrolled currently in ABHES101? | New discussion by Melanie J MCDOWELL

This is Melanie. I am starting today on this course. I would like to communicate with others enrolled in it at this time. Thanks!

Final Quiz | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

I am interested in the resolution of this question

Interest in receiving accurate Career Colleges and Schools Updates | New discussion by Melanie J MCDOWELL

If anyone has found a website or source covering CCS updates, please contact me or post

Stay Up-To-Date and Compliant | Origin: CM204 | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

Staying up tp date: I have a chart to document updates as I receive them. I also am planning on viewing the Federal Register for information on Career Colleges and Schools in Texas. My plan is to...

Hours vs progress | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

Thank you, Joe, that is a really complete explanation...you saved me some research time!

Get to Know Your Institution | Origin: CM204 | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

The possibility / probablility of employment is usually uppermost in a prospective student's search for the right training program. Not only does the training have to be cost-efficient, it must be...

Transfer of credits from another institution | New blog by Melanie J MCDOWELL

I will want to make certain that the rules about credit transfers are clearly delineated in our School Catalog and in sync with State requirements. This is not a gray area, and needs to be specificall...

Understand Your State Guidelines | Origin: CM204 | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

IMPORTANT IN THIS SECTION ARE THE "SHALL NOTS": no misrepresation about school courses, hours, fees. No solicetaion for students in public places.Enrollment of students mujst be presented to the...

Physical Notebook or Electronic? Which Format? | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

I am also using both. I had to go buy a thicker binder for CM204. I am keepiing the complete SS 807 in it and the 132. Everywhere I go that I am not driving I read it again. I also am working on an...

Understand Your State Guidelines | Origin: CM204 | New comment by Melanie J MCDOWELL

It is very important to know your own school's curriculum and how the standards for admission are stated. I need to be well versed in the handbook for our school, notably when it comes to the...