Copper Mountain College’s Student Success Center Offers Educational Development Programs as a Free Community Resource

    January 18, 2012

    Copper Mountain College’s Student Success Center offers the community a variety of educational development programs in five different areas including an ESL (English as a Second Language) Program, Adult High School Diploma Program and GED Prep Program. There is no tuition for these classes.  
    Participation in the Adult High School Diploma Program allows students to obtain a diploma with fewer credits than needed in a traditional high school environment. “Students can now use our program as a bridge to college and can earn credits towards college while taking high school diploma classes,” explains David Norton, Ph.D., Coordinator, Developmental Education at Copper Mountain College’s Student Success Center.


    Some students in the Student Success Center can choose to take college classes and high school classes at the same time.  For students in the Adult High School Diploma Program, a three-credit college class can count as ten high school credits.  For example, if a student is deficient in the high school English requirement, taking one three-credit college English class and passing it with a "C" or better will simultaneously provide ten high school credits toward the English requirement as well as three college credits in English. “This ‘double-dipping’ not only satisfies the requirements for their high school diploma but also gives them a jump start towards a college degree at Copper Mountain College,” Norton notes.
    CMC’s ESL Program is a much needed community resource. This semester there is a new instructor teaching English at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  
    For information on classes offered by CMC’s Student Success Center contact 760-366-3791, extension 4246.