Learning Communities

Join a community at TCC and get the most out of college!

What is a Learning Community?


In Learning Communities, two or more of your classes are joined into one, and teachers work together to connect their content and support and mentor you.

  • Get to know people and make friends in your major or area of interest right away
  • Develop a supportive network with other students, peer mentors, and professors
  • Undecided? Learn about degree and career options
  • Complete needed credits for your major in a supportive environment
  • Complete exciting projects that are linked to your major and community

Our Exploratory Learning Communities combine ENGL&101 with COL 101 (College Success). These Learning Communities are themed around our career clusters (STEM, Business, Health and Wellness, Arts & Communication, People & Communities). Some also have a third class, like Communications 101 or Sociology 101.

College Success Class

To learn more about our new College Success (COL 101) class, which you can take by itself or as part of one of our Exploratory Learning Communities, watch this video:

I liked how the teachers connected their assignments and knew how to support me – I actually enjoyed coming to class. ”

Randy J., English and Human Development Learning Community

 

Exploratory Learning Communities Winter 2023

TCC offers Learning Communities in various fields that are designed to fit your career or educational pathway. (Please Note: Read through ALL OPTIONS before making your choice.)
LC 1 (Winter)
LC 2 (Winter)
LC 3 (Winter)
LC 4 (Winter)
LC 5 (Winter)
CCPA (Winter)
LC 6 (Winter)
LC 7 (Winter)

Exploratory Adventures

All Pathways

In this class cluster, we explore all possible pathways at TCC while we consider who we are and who we want to become.

10 or 12 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Johns & Endicott

Professor Johns Professor Endicott
Professor Johns Professor Endicott

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in LC1

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
ENGL&101 Reading, Writing/English Comp (required) T/TH – 12:30-1:20; hybrid
COL 101 College Success (required) T/TH – 11:30-12:20; hybrid
WRITE095 Tools for Reading and Writing (recommended) T – 1:30-2:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best fit: All Pathways: Science, Engineering and Math; Healthcare; Business, Paralegal and Technology; Creative Arts, Literature and Communication; Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences

S.T.A.R.S – Students Together Achieving Rising Statuses

Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Explore your and other students’ rich cultural identity. Experience community and build your academic success with the help of faculty of color who will serve as models and mentors.

10 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Cho & Reid

Professor Cho Professor Reid
Professor Cho Professor Reid

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in LC2

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
STARS M/W - 10:30-11:30am (ENGL&102)
STARS M/W - 11:30am-12:20pm (SOC205)

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best fit: Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Also Fits: Creative Arts, Literature and Communication; All Pathways

Empower Yourself to Reach Your Goals (Business focus)

Business, Paralegal and Technology

Examine business themes as you read, research and write for ENGL&101. Refine skills for college and career success.

10 or 12 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Fox & Stasiak

Professor Fox Professor Stasiak
Professor Fox Professor Stasiak

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in LC3

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
ENGL&101 Reading, Writing/English Comp (required) M/W – 10:30-11:20; hybrid
COL 101 College Success (required) M/W – 9:30-10:20; hybrid
WRITE095 Tools for Reading and Writing (recommended) W – 11:30-12:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best fit: Business, Paralegal and Technology

Also fits: All Pathways

Caring for Self; Caring for Community

Healthcare

Develop awareness of caring for self, others and community as you read, research and write for ENGL&101. Refine skills for college and career success.

10 or 12 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Butler & Summers

Professor Summers and Professor Butler
Professor Butler & Professor Summers

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in LC4

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
ENGL&101 Reading, Writing/English Comp (required) T/TH – 11:30-12:20; hybrid
COL 101 College Success (required) T/TH – 10:30-11:20; hybrid
WRITE095 Tools for Reading and Writing (recommended) T – 12:30-1:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best Fit: Healthcare

Also fits: All Pathways

Learning While the World is on Fire (Environmental Justice Focus)

Science, Engineering, and Math

In this interactive class, we will explore social justice issues and complete exciting projects that are linked to your life and community.

10 or 12 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Hunt & Davison

Professor Hunt Professor Davison
Professor Hunt Professor Davison

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in LC5

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
ENGL&101 Reading, Writing/English Comp (required) T/TH – 9:30-10:20; hybrid
COL 101 College Success (required) T/TH – 8:30-9:20; hybrid
WRITE095 Tools for Reading and Writing (recommended) T – 10:30-11:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best Fit: Science, Engineering and Math

Also fits: All Pathways

College & Career Pathways Academy (CCPA)

All Pathways

Completely integrated, supportive and interactive learning community. Helps students with career exploration and allows them to get college credit in required classes while still completing prerequisites. 

15 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Muir & McGill

Interested in options available for ABE students?

LEARN MORE HERE

Professor Muir Professor McGill
Professor Muir Professor McGill

 

Yes, I am interested in enrolling in CCPA

Having trouble accessing the form? 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein for enrollment assistance.

Course Title Days and Times
COL 101 College Success /ABE19 Navigating College T/TH – 9:30-10:20; hybrid
ABE71 Occupational Ed/ABE94 Reading/Writing T/TH – 10:30-11:20; hybrid
CMST 101 Communication 101  T/TH – 11:30-12:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best Fit: All Pathways; Science, Engineering and Math; Healthcare; Business, Paralegal and Technology; Creative Arts, Literature and Communication; Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences

English Language Learners & Adult Basic Education - Exploratory

All Pathways

Develop awareness of academic English and College and Career Exploration as you study themes of Occupational Education and Reading and Composition.

15 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Coates-White & Davis

Interested in options available for ABE students?

LEARN MORE HERE

Professor Coates-White Professor Davis
Professor Coates-White Professor Davis

 

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein to enroll.

Course Title Days and Times
ABE71 Occupational Reading & EAP99 Reading/Comp.

MWF - 10:30-11:20; hybrid

TTH – 10:30-12:20; hybrid

COL101 College Success &ABE19 Navigating College MWF - 11:30-12:20; hybrid

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best Fit: All Pathways; Science, Engineering and Math; Healthcare; Business, Paralegal and Technology; Creative Arts, Literature and Communication; Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences

English Language Learners & Adult Basic Education – Non-Exploratory

All Pathways

Develop awareness of college Reading and Writing as you work on your Communications knowledge and skill. 

15 credits  /  Hybrid

Instructors: Ramage & Johns

Interested in options available for ABE students?

LEARN MORE HERE

Professor Johns Professor Ramage
Professor Johns Professor Ramage

Email Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein to enroll.

Course Title Days and Times
EAP 154 Advanced Composition and Reading

MWF 12:30-1:20

TTH 11:30-1:20

ABE 45 College Bound Reading and Writing

MWF 12:30-1:20

TTH 11:30-1:20

CMST&101 Introduction to Communications MW 11:30-12:20

Career Clusters/Areas of Interest

Best Fit: College Reading & Communications

 

Meet the Learning Communities Coordinator 

Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein, woman standing in the TCC Japanese Garden

Interested? It's so easy to enroll. Just send an e-mail with your student ID and English level to Alisa Ulferts Birkenstein, tell us which course interests you (or what questions you have) and we will do the enrollment for you.

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