Somerset Community College’s Transitional Education Division offers courses in mathematics, reading, student success, and writing to help prepare our students for entry-level courses. Students who score below a 19 in mathematics, 20 in reading or 18 in writing on the ACT or those that did not take the ACT are required to take the Compass. SCC uses the student’s Compass scores to place them in to the appropriate courses to ensure student success in entry-level courses. Please see the KCTCS Student Assessment & Placement Policy for additional information. If you need to take the Compass contact the SCC Assessment Center.
We are currently redesigning our reading (RDG) and writing (ENC) courses to ensure they are efficient for the student. Our mathematics (MAT) courses have already undergone a renovation with great success. Below you will find out more about each of our offerings.
The writing courses prepare students for college level English (ENG 101) & other 100 level courses. Our ENC 90 and ENC 91 courses are combined in one classroom & offer students an accelerated pathway. With the accelerated pathway it is possible for students to complete their ENC course at midterm & begin the next one in the sequence if needed. Both ENC courses are available online but does not have the same acceleration pathway as our in seat courses.
Our reading courses prepare students for reading college level materials. New for fall 2013 our RDG 20 and 30 will be combined in one classroom. We will also be offering students an accelerated option to move students out of the course quicker while still focusing on their needs. Our RDG 185 course is offered each semester, usually through ITV. We only offer RDG 30 at this time online online but it does not offer the acceleration pathway. For more information about our RDG 20/30 Redesign please read “RDG Redesign Handbook 2013.”
Our math courses have recently been redesigned. What this means for our students is that they can move through the courses at their own pace getting one-on-one attention when they need it. Each of our math courses have been modularized, broken down in to units of study. All of our MAT 55/65/85 courses are taught using the Pearson MyMathLab program. Once students enter the course they must take a pre-test which allows us to see where students are at based on the curriculum. As students are working through the course they have one-on-one assistance provided by instructors & tutors. Our MAT students also have access to videos created by our instructors on and off campus. Our goal with our MAT redesign is to help students move through MAT courses efficiently. It is possible for students to complete one MAT course and begin on the next in the sequence in one semester. Since our redesign we have had many students’ complete two MAT courses in one semester. When students do this they receive credit for both courses however, they only pay for one! Some of our MAT courses are available online each semester. For more information about our mathematics redesign please read Redesign “At A Glance.”
The GEN 102 course focuses on student success. In this course students will cover strategies that promote success in college. Some of the topics covered are campus resources, study strategies, self-management, critical thinking & career exploration. Once students complete the course they will have a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful college student along with an academic plan for their future semesters.