The Foundational Skills program offers a series of classes designed to give students the skills they need in math, reading and writing to cope with everyday tasks.

  • Most classes are eight weeks in length and meet 10 hours per week.
  • A Learning Resource Center is available for additional instructional support or to help students get started while waiting for the next cycle of classes.
  • Classes are offered at the Central, Cato, Harper, Harris, Levine and Merancas Campuses.
  • To ensure success, students will need to attend on a regular basis and adhere to the department’s attendance policy.

Please visit an Intake and Assessment Center to become a student!

All courses are FREE of charge.

Please see below for additional information on Foundational Skills course offerings.

CourseThis Course is Designed to:
Language Arts
FLA 6001
FLA 6002
This course is designed to help you understand common symbols, words, and phrases used in everyday life to read directions, signs, and maps.  Additionally, you will practice how to use capitalization, punctuation and contractions to fill out forms and write messages.  Additionally, you practice how to read charts, graphs, payroll stubs and medical forms.  Finally, this course helps you learn how to locate information and identify main ideas in short paragraphs.  By the end of the course, you should be able to write simple paragraphs with a main idea and supporting details while checking for spelling and punctuation errors.
FMA 6001
FMA 6002
This course focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills involved in daily tasks.  Upon completion of this course, you should be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers to solve a variety of problems.
Language Arts
FLA 6003
This course offers helpful strategies for reading and understanding short stories and newspaper articles.  You will practice following multi-step procedures, comparing and contrasting, and determining the difference between fact and opinion.  During this course you will also practice writing descriptions and short essays using proper punctuation and spelling.
FMA 6003
This course focuses on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multi-digit whole numbers.  Additionally, you will work with fractions and decimals to solve everyday problems.  You will practice solving word problems and converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.
Language Arts
FLA 6004
This course focuses on understanding multi-step directions and reading common legal forms and manuals.  You will practice how to integrate information from texts, charts, and graphs as well as being introduced to more complex themes and elements in literature, science, and social studies.  This course will help you write in an organized and cohesive manner with few mechanical errors and a complex sentence structure.
FMA 6004
This course will help you interpret and solve simple algebraic equations, tables, and graphs.  You practice applying percentages, ratios and proportion, scientific notation, positive and negative numbers, geometry, and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems involving formulas and real-life situations.
Language Arts
FLA 6000
This is a multilevel course.  Skills covered in this course overlap between levels FLA 6001, 6002, 6003 or 6004.
FMA 6000
This is a multilevel course.  Skills covered in this course overlap between levels FMA 6001, 6002, 6003 or 6004.