Under the umbrella of the Academic Support Services, LCC provides the personal, academic, and instructional support necessary to ensure student success. Support services are easily available to all students free of charge and include library resources, tutoring support for all courses, developmental skill building, remediation, ESL instruction, counseling, career assessment, transfer assistance, and cultural enrichment opportunities. All Academic Support Services functions are housed in the Bowman Building, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of the services as an essential part of their educational experiences at Lamar Community College.
Learning Support Services & TRiO
Located on the lower floor of the Bowman Building, LCC’s Learning Support Services and TRiO provide tutoring, personal and academic counseling, career assessment and counseling, transfer assistance, and crisis intervention referrals to LCC students free of charge. These services ensure that students are successful throughout their LCC careers and in all aspects of college life.
A portion of these services are funded under an annual Federal TRiO $262,289 grant intended to increase retention, persistence, good academic standing, transfer, and graduation rates. In addition, First Generation Scholarships and Grants are available to eligible participants. For information about services provided or eligibility requirements, students are encouraged to contact Learning Support Services at 719.336.1528.
LCC offers developmental skills instruction in reading, writing, math, and study strategies. Students may enter and take advantage of this instruction at various levels, based on assessment recommendations or personal choice. Developmental skills are taught through a variety of methods, including credit-bearing courses. These courses do not apply toward satisfying degree or certificate requirements. See Academic Affairs, Grades and Grade Reports for more information.
It is recognized that in order to maximize opportunities for success, some students must receive benefit from reasonable accommodations in response to documented disabilities. In order to arrange for such accommodations, please provide documentation and request services at least three weeks prior to the time services are needed. For more information, contact Special Populations at 719.336.1533.
Adult Transition Services
Adult Transition Services at Lamar Community College provides adult literacy, adult ESL (English as a Second Language), and General Education Development (GED) preparation classes, free of charge. These classes are funded by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), administered through the Colorado Department of Education. Individuals who are at least 17 years old and are no longer enrolled in a high school are eligible to receive instruction in these classes, which are offered on convenient daytime and evening schedules. Call 719.336.6646 or for more information.
English as a Second Language
Adult Transition Services instructors also teach English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL curriculum is research-based, and the classes are free to any adult. This program is funded by the Federal government, through a grant administered by the AEFLA-Adult Education Family Literacy Act office at the Colorado Department of Education. These free classes run in eight-week sessions and are available daytime and evening hours on-campus.
GED Preparation Services
LCC’s Adult Transition Services provides preparation for the General Educational Development (GED) battery of tests. Interested individuals should contact Adult Transition Services at 719.336.6647 or 719.336.6644 to schedule a testing time. During the appointment the candidate is provided with a diagnostic evaluation free of charge. Evaluations consist of reading, math and language tests. The results are assessed and used to determine the individual’s current skill levels. If the GED candidate tests at high levels in all areas, then he or she is immediately referred to the GED Test Administrator for testing on the next available date. If scores are lower, the GED candidate is encouraged to enroll in AEFLA-funded ABE (Adult Basic Education) or ASE (Adult Secondary Education – GED Prep) free classes, designed to raise the skills needed to pass the GED examination. Passing the examination qualifies the student for the GED diploma issued by the Colorado Department of Education. The cost of GED examination is $150 for testing in five subject areas. Retakes are $30 per subject per test.
WIN Courseware for WorkKeys
WIN Courseware is used to find and raise workplace skill levels for greater employment and career development success. Students are able to improve their job skills in the following areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information, applied technology, listening, observation, writing and business writing, teamwork, and work habits. WIN includes a considerable Career Center section, where students can compare their skillsets to the relevant skills for 15,000 different jobs that have been profiled by WIN. Employers can use the Career Center profiles or get their own custom profiles from WIN, in order to screen prospective employees.
WIN Career Readiness Certificates are aligned to the WorkKeys job skills system. The WIN courseware provides 1,200+ hours of interactive Internet-based instruction. Placement tests determine readiness in each WorkKeys skill assessment area, and there are post-tests with randomly selected questions for every skill level. Adult Transition Services provides management of each student’s learning path and documentation of progress, and refers students to Lamar Workforce for further assessment to obtain a national Career Readiness Certificate at either a Bronze, Silver, and Gold level. Call 719.336.6644 for more information.
Educational Opportunity Center
The Educational Opportunity Center is a federally-funded TRiO grant program that assists first-generation and low income individuals in gaining access to higher education. Program staff members make college less intimidating by providing the following services:
- Information about college and career opportunities
- Assistance in completing admission and financial aid applications
- College application fee waivers
- Information about scholarship opportunities
- Assistance with student loan default rehabilitation
- FAFSA workshops
- Information on managing student finances
All services are free. Contact the Educational Opportunity Center at 719.336.1588 to assist with the initial steps toward a college education.
Learning Resource Center/Library
The Learning Resource Center is an integral part of the instructional process at LCC. Traditional library services, as well as electronic research options are available on a schedule designed to meet the needs of students, faculty and the community. For more information, contact 719.336.1541.
Learning Support Services provides tutoring assistance to all students in most subject areas. In addition to assisting students with specific course-related needs, trained tutors work with students to build and strengthen study skills. They are available on a one-on-one or group basis. Students are encouraged to utilize tutoring services at no charge; no appointments are necessary. For more information or locations contact LCC’s tutor coordinator at 719.336.1535.