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College of Alameda semester starts Thursday

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132The College of Alameda’s fall semester starts this Thursday, August 20. The school is offering day and evening programs plus weekend and online courses for those who can’t make it to campus during the week.

This semester, the college is offering new “Learning Communities” with courses and teaching methods responsive to the culture and legacy of students who are African American, Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander – groups that make up the bulk of the college’s students. Students of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds are invited to join the learning communities.

“Classes within a learning community will be linked so that a group of students takes classes together, and faculty will work together to provide students with the necessary knowledge and self-confidence to succeed,” an article about the new classes in the college’s April newsletter said. The initial course offerings include a foundational English class and a college success class.  Students from all three Student Success Learning Communities may also take computer classes to learn to use Microsoft Word, navigate the Internet, and learn keyboarding, the newsletter said.

Per the newsletter:

The Adelante (Spanish for “onward” or “forward”) program serves to enhance the intellectual, philosophical, ethical, and community experience of students through the reflective study of Latino culture and literature. The Amandla (Zulu for Power) program is a member of the Statewide Umoja (Unity) Community, and features a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American diasporas. APASS (Asian/Pacific American Student Success) focuses on the academic and personal growth and cultural diversity of Asian/Pacific Americans, and aims to foster unity within the multicultural college community and beyond.

“Our goal is for the success and retention of the students we have traditionally lost in the past,” said Debbie Green, one of the coordinators of the programs.

In addition to these programs, the college also offers two-year vocational programs and a host of other courses, and they’re listed online. Courses are available to everyone 18 and older and high school graduates under the age of 18.

The cost is $26 per credit, and courses range from a half-credit to 10 credits. The semester ends on December 18. The college is at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, and registration help is available at the college’s new Welcome Center, in room A-101.

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