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Learning Communities

Spring 2015 Learning Community Courses

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Getting a Clue Freshman Seminars

This learning community will help you make those critical life choices (like picking a major, a career, or a transfer college) by teaching you how to set goals, improve productivity, and develop the habits needed to ensure success in school and in life. “Getting a Clue,” which links ENG 111 and SDV 100, has been awarded the Virginia Community College System’s first-place honors for Excellence in Education. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed. You have four clues to choose from.

Parham Road Campus:

CLUE #1 pairs the following classes:

57465

ENG 111-05CP, Mon & Wed, 1-2:15 pm

57296

SDV 100-11CP, Fridays, 1-2:30 pm (first 8 weeks)


CLUE #2 pairs the following classes:

58063

ENG 111-06CP, Mon, Wed, & Fri, 11-11:50 am

57856

SDV 100-02CP, Fri, 9:15-10:45 am (first 8 weeks)


CLUE #3 pairs the following classes:

57580

ENG 111-02CP, Thurs, 1-2:15pm (50% meetings online)

62422

SDV 100-12CP, Tues, 1-2:30 pm (first 8 weeks)

 

Downtown Campus:

CLUE #4 pairs the following classes:

57683

ENG 111-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 9:30-10:45 am

58371

SDV 100-02CD, Thurs, 11-12:30 pm (first 8 weeks)


The STEM LC

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Unless you’ve been living at the North Pole for the last decade, you know that the job market is hot for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates. Adecco USA (www.adeccousa.com) reports that for every two open STEM job listings, there is only one qualified unemployed individual. And that gap will increase - three-quarters of the fastest growing occupations require significant mathematics or science preparation. By 2018, there could be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs. This learning community links BIO 101 with SDV 101 – Orientation to STEM Disciplines – to help you explore various STEM majors and related career fields while completing requirements for your degree in a science, computer science, engineering or mathematics degree program. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

64240

SDV 101-01CP, Thurs, 11-11:50 am, Parham Rd Campus

57850

BIO 101-01CP, Tues & Thurs, 1-3:45pm, Parham Rd Campus

Writing to Connect Your Lifespan Story

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This new learning community is perfect for students majoring in nursing and allied health, human resources, or the social sciences. Students who need PSY 230 and ENG 111 will benefit from shared writing assignments that focus on critical thinking and PSY 230 concepts while fulfilling the learning outcomes of both courses. The instructors purposefully connect the content of their disciplines to provide an engaging learning experience you can enjoy and build on! This learning community uses the PSY230 textbooks for both courses, i.e., you do no need to purchase the ENG111 texts. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

60122

ENG 111-02CD, Tues & Thurs, 11-12:15 pm, Downtown Campus

58197

PSY 230-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 1-2:15 pm, Downtown Campus

What Is an American? (2nd semester)

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This learning community will examine the formation and development of what it has meant to be “American” from Reconstruction to the present. Students will explore questions such as what are the defining characteristics of American culture and society. Who can be an American? What does it take to go from being an immigrant and foreigner to becoming “red-white-and-blue?” Why do some groups have an easier time of it? How can a country composed of so many different races, religions, and peoples ever share one identity? Is it possible to be “American” in an age of “multiculturalism” and “diversity”? Using government documents, personal letters and diaries, poetry, fiction, political cartoons, and even modern Hollywood cinema, we will read and write about how Americans have shaped, defined, and defended their identities. This LC is open to all students who have successfully completed any section of ENG111. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

57459

ENG 112-03CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 11-11:50 am, Parham Campus

61122

HIS 122-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 10-10:50 am, Parham Campus

Global Boundaries-Global Connections II

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Here’s the venue for those of you who want to gain a wider understanding of different cultures, and who want to improve your ability to overcome the boundaries (whether based on geography, language, culture, economics, etc.) which can separate you from others. This Parham Road Campus-based learning community provides a great follow up to “Connections I,” but new students are also welcome. 

This LC pairs the following classes:

57688

ENG 112-02CP, Tues & Thurs, 1-2:15 pm, Parham Road Campus

57400

HIS 112-01CP, Tues & Thurs, 2:30-3:45 pm, Parham Road Campus

Early American Literature and History

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Extra-Credit opportunities abound for this learning community. There just isn't a better, more fun place to study early America and its literature than Virginia and Richmond. Think about it: Where else can you spend a day visiting one of the first English settlements, stop by an early Plantation to see life of the rich and poor, visit where Tom Jefferson went to school, visit where America was first argued into the separation of church and state, sit in the graveyard where Poe's love is buried, stand where Patrick Henry said (we think), "Give me Liberty, or Give me Death," and see where the fate of the Civil War was decided. Much of the history of Early America took place in our own back yard, and this class brings together a chance to study this history alongside the authors and the writing that helped produce early America. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed.

This LC pairs the following classes:

58130

ENG 241-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 11-11:50 am, Parham Road Campus

58282

HIS 121-01CP, Mon, Wed & Fri, 10-10:50 am, Parham Road Campus

Surviving College English

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You deserve a break today that will result in a unique experience that will help you reach your goals faster. If you received a recommendation for developmental English, this may be the Learning Community for you. Save nearly $300 in tuition and books (over the previous system) and possibly finish your developmental English study in only ONE semester! You also gain earlier than usual access to SDV 100 so that you can hone your study skills while brushing up on your English. This combo is a win-win for ensuring future academic success! Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed for a given tier.

PARHAM ROAD CAMPUS
Surviving College English – Level I

59235

ENF 1-02CP, Tues & Thurs, 8-9:50 am & 11-12:50 pm

57348

SDV 100-03CP, Thurs, 10-10:50 am


DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
Surviving College English – Level I

59231

ENF 1-01CD, Tues & Thurs, 8-11:50 am

57855

SDV 100-04CD, Tues, 12-12:50 pm


Surviving College English – Level II

59409

ENF 2-01CD, Mon & Wed, noon-1:50 pm

57853

SDV 100-03CD, Wed, 11-11:50 am

Personal Development LC

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Start your day right and learn how to be a healthier, happier student in the Personal Development LC while you get a fantastic benefit of completing the Virginia Community College System’s minimum degree requirements for health, physical education, and student development courses for all AA, AS, and AAS degrees. The instructors of HLT 115 and SDV 100 combine and connect the content of their disciplines to give you a seamless and engaging academic, social, and personal experience. Taking HLT 115 and SDV 100 together will provide you with a great introduction to what Reynolds and the greater Richmond community have to offer you as a student and a whole person. The Personal Development LC is a great way to take two credits in a single time slot during an eight-week session—all with the same group of students. You have two of these LCs to choose from:

PD LC I pairs the following classes:

58138

HLT 115-01CP, Tues, 8-9:30 am (first 8 weeks), Parham Road Campus

62421

SDV 100-05CP, Thurs, 8-9:30 am (first 8 weeks), Parham Road Campus


PD LC II pairs the following classes:

60193

HLT 115-01CD, Tues, 8-9:30 am (second 8 weeks), Downtown Campus

62495

SDV 100-01CD, Thurs, 8-9:30 am (second 8 weeks), Downtown Campus

The Auto LC

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This learning community is for students who have been accepted into the automotive program at Reynolds Goochland Campus. It is designed to help students get off on the right foot and closer to graduation. Assignments and activities in both subjects are designed to create a synergistic effect leading to a better understanding of the material. Students interested in this learning community must register for both course sections listed. 

This LC pairs the following classes:

56752

AUT 111-01CG, Tues & Thurs, 9-11:40 am, Goochland Campus

  58120

SDV 100-02CG, Tues, 12-12:50 pm, Goochland Campus

Computer Skills & College Success

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College success in the 21st Century demands that students use the computer as a tool for research, writing, organizing, computing and presenting.  The quicker you begin to sharpen these skills, the better your ability to tackle additional academic undertakings; this is the role of ITE 115 in this learning community.  However, skills for college success don’t end with the computer as a whole array of skills need to be aligned with your college career. Study skills, learning styles, budgeting, time management, and knowing where to go for help – all influence overall success and this is where SDV 100 picks up.  ITE 115 is a full semester (16 weeks) course. After the first eight weeks in ITE 115, you’ll begin SDV 100 (an eight-week course, beginning in March), which will include class assignments that will exercise and strengthen your expanding computer skills. Students must register for both course sections.

This LC pairs the following classes:

57857

SDV 100-08CP, Tues, 12:30-2 pm, Parham Road Campus

57071

ITE 115-01CP, Tues, 11-12:15 pm (50% meetings online) Parham Rd & online

 

How to Register for a Learning Community

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  1. Read above to find the LC you’re interested in.
  2. Write down the 5-digit course numbers for the paired classes
  3. In your Student Center, add both classes to your schedule by following these steps:

    • Click Enroll – then Add
    • Type the 5-digit number for Class #1 - Enter
    • Type the 5-digit number for Class #2 - Enter
    • Click Proceed to Step 2 of 3
    • Click Finish Enrolling

    That’s it!

    NOTE: If you get a “requisites not met” message, make sure you meet the prerequisites and BOTH classes are in your shopping cart! If you continue to have problems, just visit the Student Success Center.