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English Learning Communities


Puente Program: The mission of the Puente Program is to assist educationally underserved and underrepresented students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in order to earn college degrees. Students who enroll in this program must take English and Counseling courses together for two semesters. The content of the program focuses on Mexican American/Latino authors and issues. The intensive readings and hands-on writing activities introduce students to issues affecting their community and teach them to become effective leaders who will advocate change. For more information, please click on the link above.


The Umoja Scholars Program is committed to enriching and nurturing the educational experience of all students, especially African-American first generation college students. Students enroll in both English and math courses taught by an Umoja instructor. The Umoja Scholars Program also provides academic support services and a curriculum that focuses on African-American literature and the history as well as contemporary issues facing the African-American community. For more information, please click on the link above.


The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) is a learning community which incorporates a fully accelerated curriculum. Students are put through a full-time course load which includes four courses: a social justice course, a team self-management course, a Stats Path course, and an English 90 course. In addition, students go through a two-week foundation course before starting their regular course schedule. The English 90 component, beginning after the foundation course, focuses on similar issues explored in the social justice course. Students are given a variety of challenging readings focused on various forms of oppression in the U.S. All essay writing, including the final research project, will be based on this theme of oppression which is explored throughout the readings. As part of their research project, students will form teams in their social justice course, choosing local community problems in order to come up with a research question which they will then use to write a 5-page research paper in the English 90 course. Through the entire research process (and through the entire course) students are given individualized attention. Because this is a learning community, students will rely heavily on each other throughout the reading, writing, and learning process and will form close bonds with each other. For more information, please click on the link above.


The American Experience LearningCommunity is a 6-unit block of two linked transfer-level courses, English 100 – College Composition (3 units) and Political Science 10 – Introduction to American Government: Institutions and Ideals (3 units).  This learning community features interactive learning involving readings, non-print media resources, discussions, on-line resources and learning units, and community-based experiences (field study and optional community service-learning experiences). In English 100, the theme is California, past and present and we focus on some of the political issues facing our state today.  We emphasize the connections between the two courses and also building community as students work together in class and also in study groups outside of class.  We also encourage students to get started on their educational journey, by taking advantage of the many resources at LMC.