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College Preparation Studies

Student Success Center

The Main Campus Student Success Center provides free tutoring and instructional services to students enrolled at CCC. Staff will work with students one-on-one, in group settings and with tutorial software to best address a student's needs. The Lab will tutor any subject area currently offered by the College.

The Student Success Center is staffed by a full-time director and two assistants. The Center is located in the lower level of Graham Library and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition to instructional services students can utilize the Student Success Center for placement testing, computer and Internet access for classroom research, and completion of assignments as needed..

Mathematics

PREP-003. Elements of Mathematics. 3 Hours. This is an introductory course designed to prepare students for the algebra sequence. Emphasis is placed on familiarizing the students with basic areas involving signed numbers, percentages, fractions, decimals and beginning algebra.

PREP-005. Introductory Algebra. 3 Hours. This is a beginning course in algebra, designed for those who have not previously studied algebra or for those who want a formal review of basic algebraic concepts. Prerequisite: A minimum score of 24 on the Pre-Algebra Test of the COMPASS, or credit in Elements of Mathematics.

Reading

ENGL-110. Reading Skills II and Vocabulary Study. 3 Hours. This course is a continuation of building basic reading skills, acquiring and refining college level reading skills and intensive study on comprehension and vocabulary skills in specific content areas needed for academic reinforcement. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

PREP-004. Individualized Reading. 2 Hours. This course is designed to help improve a reader's vocabulary and comprehension. Students will be tested to determine their individual reading level and assigned appropriate work for that level. Textbook, computer software projects and various activities provide students the opportunity to learn techniques for improving their overall reading ability.

PREP-006. College Study Skills. 3 Hours. This course is designed to help students learn study skills that will enable them to be successful in college-level courses. Students will examine ways to integrate these skills into activities of reading, listening and writing.

PREP-008. Vocabulary Skills. 1 Hour. Vocabulary Skills is designed to broaden the student's vocabulary and help to make him/her a better reader. The activities of this course provide students the opportunity to improve their reading, spelling and vocabulary usage in everyday life and work areas.

PREP-025. Reading Skills I and Vocabulary Study. 3 Hours. This is a basic course in reading instruction. It gives students the opportunity to build basic reading skills, work on advanced reading skills and gain comprehension and vocabulary skills in specific content areas for academic reinforcement. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

English

PREP-001. Basic Grammar Review. 2 Hours. This is a short and intense overview and review of the basic elements of modern English usage. Emphasis is placed on the parts of speech, subject-verb agreement and mechanics. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

PREP-007. Spelling Skills. 1 Hour. This course is designed to help the student actively use and apply the spelling rules and principles of building skill with individual words. In this way, the ability to spell will be strengthened and expanded from individual words to other words. Words will be used actively in workbook assignments to help the student become a better communicator. This course provides for the use of a dictionary as a tool that is essential in building and using communication skills.

PREP-009. Written Communications. 3 Hours. This course is designed to prepare the student for basic competency in written communication skills and to aid in preparation for academic success in English Composition I. Sentence structure, usage, punctuation and basic English composition skills are examined. Practice will be given in writing different types of paragraphs, and short theme writing will be introduced. Prerequisite: A minimum score of 24 on the Writing section of the COMPASS, or fully complete Developmental English with a grade of C or above.

PREP-010. Developmental English. 3 Hours. This course provides an intense overview/review of the basic elements of modern English usage. The course includes writing experience with attention to the basic mechanical and structural elements of the writing process. This course is offered to meet the need for a foundation in grammar and sentence structure.

PREP-030. College Preparation English. 4 Hours. This course is designed to prepare the student for basic competency in written communication skills and to aid in preparation for academic success in English Composition I. Sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and basic English composition skills are examined. Practice will be given in writing different types of paragraphs, and short theme writing will be introduced. Prerequisite: A score of 54 or below on the Writing section of the COMPASS test.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

PREP-011. Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL). 5 Hours. This is an intensive language course aimed at preparing non-native students to enter academic courses conducted completely in English, and to integrate into the college community and the college at large. The course will begin with survival English communicative skills.

PREP-012. Intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL). 5 Hours. This is an intensive course in English language skills and grammar introducing and practicing grammatical structures by meaningful activities. A gradual shift from basic structures of conversational grammar to more complex structures will be used. Prerequisite: Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL), or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

PREP-013. Advanced ESL. 3 Hours. This is an intensive English language course designed for the high intermediate and advanced student of ESL, using the same methodology and objectives as stated in the Intermediate ESL syllabus. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PREP-014. Selected Topics in ESL I. 5 Hours. This course is designed for study and/or analysis of a selected topic in ESL and addresses professional and occupational requirements of the student. Placement is determined by institutional TOEFL score.

PREP-015. Selected Topics in ESL II. 5 Hours. This course is designed for study and/or analysis of a selected topic in ESL and addresses professional and occupational requirements of the student. Placement is determined by institutional TOEFL score.

PREP-016. Conversational English (ESL). 3 Hours. This course is designed to develop the oral cross-cultural communication skills of intermediate-level students of English as a Second Language. It maintains a student-centered design and philosophy with an emphasis on values clarification, structured group activities, communicative competencies and individualized vocabulary building.

PREP-050. Computerized ESL. 5 Hours. This course is a comprehensive language-learning program for individualized instruction and fast, effective learning. The systematic structure and sequence includes covering listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, emphasizing communication skills. This class is for beginning level through everyday proficiency. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

PREP-060. Advanced Computerized ESL. 5 Hours. This is a comprehensive language-learning program for individualized instruction and fast, effective learning. The systematic structure and sequence includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, emphasizing communication skills. This class is for beginning-intermediate level through everyday proficiency. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.