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Learning Communities

​​​​​What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community is two or more classes offered together in the same semester.  Professors from different departments plan the classes together, so the different classes relate to each other.  Students who are members of a Learning Community take the courses as a group, so they become a community of learners. 

What Learning Communities Can I Join?

In Fall 2021, you can become part of one of the following Learning Communities:

1) Are you interested in learning about Chicano culture and literature?  SCC has a Chicano Studies Learning Community which links Chicano Studies to English 101 and Reading in the Social Sciences. If you want to learn more, visit our Chicano Studies Learning Community website.

2) Are you interested in becoming a statistician? Joining the SCC Statistics Modeling Learning Community is a great first step which links your Statistics class with a Reading class to learn models for solving statistical problems.

3) A Plan for Your Success is a Learning Community that links a composition class with a counseling class to help students design and achieve their educational goals.

4) The Exploration and Discovery Learning Communities pair a counseling class with a math class (either Intermediate Algebra or Precalculus and Trigonometry) to build students' math skills while preparing them for STEM and B-STEM (business, science, technology, engineering, and math) majors and careers.

You may join any SCC Learning Community simply by enrolling in the Learning Community of your choice.

If you want to learn more about the kind of work students do in Learning Communities, visit our Umoja Learning Community website and preview the book Learning Community students wrote about their experiences with the Coronavirus.

Why Should I Join a Learning Community?

  • Students in Learning Communities get the support of a team of professors and a community of their fellow students in their Learning Community courses.
  • Students in Learning Communities are more likely to fulfill their academic goals of transferring from a community college to a four-year university and of graduating from the university than traditional students.
  • Students in a Learning Community get better grades in their courses--even in their courses which aren't part of the Learning Community--than traditional students.
  • Students in a Learning Community are more involved in campus life and activities than traditional students and report that they enjoy their college experience more and feel they get more out of it than traditional students.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Hall, Assistant Professor of English