College Preparation


The College Preparedness Program provides instruction in basic reading, writing and math skills for students pursuing college enrollment but whose assessment scores fall into the non-credit, developmental math, reading and writing ranges on the COMPASS test. This program is designed to help students develop college-ready academic skills so that when they re-take the COMPASS test they place into college level credit courses. Since the classes are tuition-free, college-bound students are able to save their tuition dollars for 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.