The mission of NCCC’s Pre-Collegiate Program is to offer college readiness and to prepare our community members for college and/or the achievement of stackable credentials. The Pre-Collegiate program is designed to bridge the gap between the non-credit remedial AND credit bearing and workforce training programs.
Pre-Collegiate courses are designed to increase the student’s likelihood of success by remedying deficiencies in English, reading and mathematics. The credentials gained in these performance-based programs are the gateway to a better future, better education, better job, better life and a great sense of accomplishment for our participants.
Our program, in partnership with Orleans Niagara BOCES, offers pre and post testing, an informal classroom setting, instruction in all subject areas covered by the TASC and college placement exams, practice tests, basic skills review, some career readiness, contextualized learning and case management. Attendance is taken daily and our policy is documented. Where applicable, students must be in good standing, in terms of attendance through (at minimum) the census date.
Students interested in Pre-Collegiate courses are those who:
- Are returning to college after a break in education
- Have had a negative experience with high school or previous college attendance
- Failed one or more of the college entrance tests in mathematics, writing, and reading
- Failed one or more college foundations courses in mathematics, writing, and reading
- Want to improve their English language skills in reading, writing, and/or conversation
- Lack basic computer skills necessary for college success
PRE-Collegiate Non Credit Remedial Courses
HSE 001 Pre-High School Equivalency Test Preparation
150 contact hours
Course Description: This course prepares students with the basic skills needed to qualify for the HSE course. Twenty-first century skill instruction develops critical thinking, basic academic skills, media literacy, and life skills. Instruction is focused around Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Evidence-Based Reading. Instruction incorporates contextualized instruction tied to workplace and real-world tasks to make learning relevant for students. Common Core Basics is the first step toward achieving test success and college and career readiness.
HSE 002 High School Equivalency Preparation
300 contact hours
Course Description: In this course, students will receive individualized instruction in the content areas necessary to prepare for the TASC exam. The TASC exam assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees’ levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. The TASC, or Test Assessing Secondary Completion, is designed to measure the major and lasting outcomes (skills and concepts) generally associated with four years of regular high school instruction.
ASK 010 The Basics for Vocational Preparation and Education
Course Description: This course provides individuals and group interventions for adults who possess basic skills deficiencies and exhibit under-developed career and life skills. NCCC provides the academic basic literacy review (reading, writing and oral communication skills), basic computer literacy review and educational and employment success techniques.
ASK 001 Academic Skills for Success-Reading
15 contact hours
Catalog Course Description: This is a transition, brush-up course designed to improve reading, study and critical thinking skills required for academic success. The categories of study reflect what is required on the college placement test. The student will get a lot of one-on-one help in the form of tutoring, study skills techniques, and test taking strategies.
ASK 002 Academic Skills for Success-Writing
15 contact hours
Course Description: This is a transition, brush-up course designed to improve one’s writing skills required for academic success. The categories of study reflect what is required on the college placement test. The student will receive one-on-one help in the form of tutoring, study-skills techniques, and test-taking strategies.
ASK 003 Academic Skills for Success-Math
15 contact hours
Course Description: This is a transition, brush-up course providing an overview of arithmetic skills and preparing students for elementary algebra. The categories of study reflect what is required on the college placement test. The student will get a lot of one-on-one help in the form of tutoring, study skills techniques, and test taking strategies.
ASK 004 Academic Skills for Success-Algebra
15 contact hours
Course Description: This is a transition, brush-up course providing an overview of basic algebraic skills required for credit-bearing mathematics courses. The categories of study reflect what is required on the college placement test. The student will get a lot of one-on-one help in the form of tutoring, study skills techniques, and test taking strategies.
ASK 005 Academic Skills for Success-College Success & Education Support Workshop
2.5 contact hours
Course Description: These workshops will prepare students for success during their college experience. Skill-building will occur in the following areas: creative problem-solving, effective communication, critical thinking, time management, prioritizing responsibilities, classroom “etiquette” and handling conflicts with fellow students, peers and/or colleagues.
PC 001 Pre-Collegiate Reading/Writing
72 contact hours
Course Description: This course is for adult learners seeking developmental English skills in reading and writing. The adult learner is provided with general study concepts and patterns to promote future educational experiences. Students will enhance their reading and composition skills. Instruction focused on vocabulary development and improvement of reading comprehension-moving from complicated sentences, to sophisticated paragraphs and passages of significant length. Students will organize, draft and revise essays. Particular attention will be paid to developing and supporting a thesis statement, effective dictation, sentence structure and paragraph development, and editing skills, including correct usage, punctuation and use of the computer. The course is designed to prepare students for college placement exams and entrance into ENG 101.
PC 002 Pre-Collegiate Math
72 contact hours
Course Description: This course is designed to assist students with developmental math to give them the skills necessary to enter into college-level classes. This course provides adult learners with general study concepts and patterns to promote success in future educational experiences.
Niagara Falls Trott Access Center
The Niagara Falls Extension Site is located at the Trott Access Center at 1001 Eleventh Street and Ashland Avenue in the heart of Niagara Falls. Through the successful collaboration of Niagara County’s various community partners located in the Trott Access Center, adults and youth are provided a myriad of educational, career and supportive services. Adult Literacy and Pre-Collegiate coursework is offered here. If you have questions, please contact (716) 278-8151.