I suppose greetings are called for since you are reading this page. So, greetings!
If you are human you may have several million questions, all of which may never be answered but the ones you have regarding college, courses, your class schedule, how many courses to take, costs, entrance tests, etc., we’re confident we can answer these.
We, the Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies, and Teacher Preparation Division, are very concerned that your education makes sense to you. As you will be enrolled in many courses within this division, it becomes paramount to us (faculty, support personnel, Dean) that we be part of the best possible education you can receive.
The saying "this is your life, we’re just passing through" is well understood by all of our instructors and staff, which causes us to take each student’s education very personally. We consider ourselves to be the bridge from your academic world to your career choice or world of work; further, we know that you are goal-oriented because you are here seeking your goal. We hope to be a positive part of your growth and change.
As change-agents we are guides, confidantes, supporters, mentors, and in many cases we become a student’s friend. You will find an abundance of competent instruction surpassed by none in the state and a wonderful supply of empathy and assistance while you are taking your course-work in this division; also, we’re confident you will find this throughout the college.
While you are pursuing your educational goals (in so many, many instances) you will need an English 1301, Speech Communication 1311 and a math course, which more than likely will be Math 1414 (College Algebra). These are the most common course requirements found on certificate programs or degree programs of all state colleges and universities. Other courses are required depending upon your career choice.
For instance, four-year degree (baccalaureate) requirements would also include History 1301 and 1302, Government 2301 and 2302, Humanities 1301 (or an Art or Theatre, or Music course), and also two science courses from one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Astronomy. Then there are five or six elective courses—courses that you choose. Many of you may be pursuing a certificate and these programs will be displayed in the college catalogue along with their course requirements.
One other very important issue is that of choosing one’s major or career choice. While one’s career choice is important, this may change as you become more deeply involved in your college work. If this occurs be confident that it is extremely normal for one’s interests (major or career choice) to change and as it does, so be it. If this occurs, merely advise someone in the Counseling Center and then you can get some guidance from someone there regarding your choice.
As you enter the world of education it is best to take a deep breath and relax—change takes time. It is so easy to be caught-up in the trappings of a fast-moving world and allow that to affect your education. A student can do her best when she can stay within her comfort zone. By this we mean if you are working part-time (twenty to twenty-five hours per week) then you may want to go to school full-time (four courses). We have found that to try to do both - work full-time and attend school full-time - is not healthy mentally or physically. However, staying in your optimal “comfort zone” enables you to scan your choices of careers, relying heavily on what your heart’s desire may be for the future. El Centro has courses that deal directly with your career choice, even if you have chosen one or if you are undecided at this time.
Call or come down to our campus and be a part of what Shakespeare called, “the sound and fury” (living a healthy, full life). We are accessible by DART bus or rail. With a certain number of courses DART becomes free. Reminder: we offer all the courses needed for transferring to four-year schools and many Associate Degree programs that are too lengthy to mention here.
Contact anyone on our DCCCD homepage or me: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 214-860-2077 and let us begin our work together. As the old county folks said: "Times-a-wastin!"
Charlie R. Morgan
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©2002, Last Updated:
October 28, 2009
El Centro College
Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies, and Teacher Preparation Division