What are basic skills? “Basic Skills are those foundational skills in reading, writing, mathematics, learning skills, study skills, and English as a Second Language that are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work” (Basic Skills as a foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges-also known as the Poppy Copy, 2007). Many of our students that are enrolling in California Community Colleges lack the college level skills/strategies for success in their academics. Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) has seen an increase of student enrollment in our basic skills courses.
To date, LAMC has been committed in serving our Basic Skills students by implementing the First-Year Experience (FYE). FYE began in Summer 2010 and continued in the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. FYE consists of either an English or Math pathways for success in linking two or more courses together to serve our student population. Every incoming student who has been placed in a one-level to three level below English or Math course will also be taking a linked course that is college-level. Also, we have incorporated the state-of-the-art Student Success Centers Workshops at the Library Resource Center (LRC). Students learn and engage in new concepts, skills, and strategies for a successful college experience. Workshop topics range from note-taking to financial literacy.
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