Academic Enrichment & First Year Experience

What we offer

The department includes a variety of services and programs to support students. The Student Support Services program is a federally-funded Trio program designed for non-traditional students. ConnCas is a state-funded program, which also provides support for students. In addition, the division includes the Tutoring Services Center, The Writing Center, and a Testing Center for students with disabilities who need accommodations. The division offers Developmental English, and two first year experience courses: College Forum and Freshman Seminar, both of which are college level.

A developmental course in writing may be required of students before they enter higher-level, credit-bearing courses. Placement in this course is determined by a placement exam, interviews, and additional criteria when appropriate.

Course Offerings

EDUC 5002 Transitional Strategies


Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement exam

This course will help to prepare students to meet the demands of writing in academic settings. Students will learn how to develop a college vocabulary, strengthen their knowledge of grammar, write clear sentences and compose brief essays. Instruction will include opportunities for students to work in groups and to use computer technology to improve their written communication skills. Students will receive individualized feedback on their written assignments throughout the course. Requires advisor signature to enroll.

ENG 088: College Writing and Reading

6 credits (institutional credit only)

Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement exam and first-day writing assessment

This course is designed to build academic reading and writing skills. Course activities and assignments introduce students to the types of academic writing required in college courses. Emphasis is given to developing opinion/support essays using the writing as process philosophy.  Reading selections, including literature, nonfiction texts, selections from textbooks, and articles in various academic disciplines, are used as writing models and to help students to read, comprehend, and drive meaning more efficiently. Students learn to use active reading techniques to develop an academic vocabulary and improve their comprehension on both the literal and inferential levels. Library resources are introduced, and students are taught how to incorporate citations into their papers. A departmental exit assessment and a portfolio of course writing work are required.

COL 100: College Forum

1 credit

Required of all first time, full time students

This course focuses on topics that contribute to college success including time management, goal setting, critical thinking and self-assessment. It also covers academic skills that lead to success such as note-taking, test-taking, reading, writing, and public speaking. Students will engage in academic planning and career exploration. They will be introduced to services and resources at NCC including the technology needed to be a successful student. The course is designed to help students develop a sense of community.

FS 101: Freshman Seminar

3 credits

Open to all NCC students

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 088

This first-year student success course focuses on matters related to the transition to college and beyond, as well as attitudes that will lead to success. Students explore their values, intelligences, and learning preferences while they develop goal setting, time management, and critical thinking skills. They are introduced to college resources including use of electronic tools such as myCommnet and Blackboard. Students engage in career exploration using career software and library databases to write a research paper focusing on preferred career choice. One of the highlights of the course for those who register in the fall semester is participation in the Common Read program through reading, writing, and projects connected to the chosen book. Not available to ESL students below the 142-level.