Palm Beach State College provides a complete program for students to build academic skills for success, whether they are entering from high school or are starting or resuming their college career later in life. College readiness courses in reading, English, mathematics and success skills prepare students for college-level courses.
Any lower-division student may enroll in these classes; however, they are designed especially for students who need some additional skills to be successful in college-level courses in reading, English and mathematics. State law prohibits baccalaureate students from enrolling in college readiness courses. Academic advisors work with these students to design a college readiness plan to help them prepare for college-level work.
COLLEGE READINESS AREAS
The College Readiness program is tailored to each student’s needs. There are several options for college readiness in the areas of mathematics, reading and English. The College Readiness program is designed for students at all levels of college readiness in reading, English and mathematics. For those whose primary language is not English, the program offers English for Academic Purposes foundation courses.
College readiness courses for students whose primary language is English:
- College Reading and Writing (ENC 0017)
- College Grammar Essentials (ENC 0050)
- College Sentence Essentials (ENC 0051)
- College Writing Essentials (ENC 0052)
- College Reading (REA 0056)
College readiness courses for students whose primary language is NOT English:
- Integrated Reading and Writing (EAP 0382)
- Integrated Speech/Grammar (EAP 0388)
- Speaking/Listening 1 (EAP 0400)
- Intermediate Reading (EAP 0420)
- Intermediate Grammar (EAP 0460)
For all college readiness students:
- Developmental Algebra (MAT 0022)
- Developmental Math 1 (MAT 0055)
- Advanced Developmental Algebra (MAT 0056)
- Introduction to the College Experience (SLS 1501). This course is a key course in the College Readiness program. The course teaches study and test-taking skills and time management, and students explore their own learning styles. Many students find the skills they learned in this course to be very valuable to their success in all of their College courses.
COLLEGE READINESS SUPPORT
In addition to the courses, the College offers a complete support network, including academic advising for college readiness students to help in course selection and educational planning.
SUCCESS TIP FOR COLLEGE READINESS STUDENTS
Once the college readiness courses are completed, take the required college-level courses in English (ENC 1101) and mathematics (MAT 1033) as soon as possible to apply the new skills in a college-level course.
English for Academic Purposes-Foundation
The College offers this program for non-native English speaking students who have been placed into this level, prior to taking college readiness courses. The foundation program includes three courses in reading and writing, grammar, and listening and speaking. These courses combine lecture and lab components to meet the specific needs of non-native English speakers. Academic support is provided through tutoring, audio and video technology and interactive computer software in the Student Learning Center/Vocational Preparatory Instruction Lab at each location. Students must successfully complete all three foundation classes before registering for any other classes at the College.
English for Academic Purposes-College Credit
In addition to the foundation and developmental English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, the College offers credit-level EAP courses to further develop English language skills for students whose first language is not English.
- Speaking and Listening 2 (EAP 1500)
- High Intermediate Reading (EAP 1520)
- High Intermediate English 2 (EAP 1584)
- Advanced Speaking & Listening (EAP 1600)
- Advanced Reading (EAP 1620)
- Advanced English (EAP 1684)
These courses earn A.A. elective credit that counts toward the Associate in Arts degree. Please see an academic advisor for more information.
Student Learning Center
The Student Learning Center at each campus provides services for all students. The SLC is a highly supportive environment where students can receive additional help through tutoring, individualized instruction and Supplemental Instruction (SI).
The SLC is equipped with computer software and other learning tools to support many credit and college readiness courses. Review materials for standardized tests such as TABE are available. The SLC also provides Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI) for students in career certificate programs who need additional skills to pass the TABE test. For more information about the SLC, such as hours of operation, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/SLC.