The College Preparedness Program provides instruction in basic Reading, Writing and Math skills for students pursuing college enrollment but whose assessment scores fall below the ‘pre-determined target’ on the COMPASS exam, placing students in developmental math, reading and writing classes. This program provides free instruction for students, preparing them to re-take the appropriate assessment in hopes of bypassing the developmental courses and enrolling in college level courses. Students benefit by strengthening their basic academic skills and benefit financially by not having to deplete financial resources to pay tuition for non-credit classes.
College Preparatory Math (Pre-Algebra)
This course builds a strong number sense by emphasizing integers, decimals, percent, fractions, ratio and proportion. It also prepares a student to move forward with confidence into a first developmental algebra course by introducing variables, evaluating variable expressions and solving first degree equations. Elementary geometry, reading graphs, critical thinking, and problem solving skills support the AMATYC and NCTM standards. Some calculator use is incorporated.
College Preparatory Math (Beginning Algebra)
This developmental algebra course covers linear equations and inequalities, and quadratic equations, graphing lines in a plane, slope, exponential properties, polynomial operations, factoring, rational operations, and emphasizing interwoven problem solving.
College Preparatory Math (Intermediate Algebra)
This developmental algebra course covers exponents and radicals, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radical, quadratic, and rational equations and compound inequalities in one variable, line graphs and parabolas, function concepts including domain and range, and interwoven problem solving. Graphing calculator use.
College Preparatory Reading (Beg. College Reading)
This class will focus on improving reading comprehension for the adult student who plans to attend college. Learning outcomes: improve reading comprehension, identify and distinguish between main ideas and supporting details, improve vocabulary, take notes from written texts, and score at a higher level on the COMPASS and TABE tests.
College Preparatory Writing (Beg. College Writing)
College Prep Writing is designed to equip the adult learner to communicate effectively at the college level using Standard Written English. Such skills include: grammar, sentence basics, paragraph and essay writing, persuasive, reflective, and analytical writing, and writing in response to a prompt. The semester will conclude with a 3-5 page research paper with bibliography.
ESL College Preparation
This class is designed to help advanced ESL students continue their education from adult education to a two or four year college with ease. Students who are interested in higher level ESL, but are not interested in attending college are also welcome. This class focuses on reading and writing in English as well as listening and speaking.
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