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Learning Communities

If you have any difficulty registering for a Learning Community or if you have any questions regarding Learning Communities please contact Cindy Byholm at 763-424-0752.   

Learning communities involve two or more paired classes; the same students are enrolled in each of the classes.  Instructors work together as a team, combining work schedules and assignments--and you learn how the different subjects are related to each other.  Classes are small enough that instructors get to know every student, and the instructors are dedicated to their academic success.  You'll develop friendships and connections to NHCC that will help you adapt more easily to the rigors of college work.

When you decide to register for a learning community, you can learn which  are being offered that semester by finding "Learning Community" on the Subject drop-down list on the Registration page.

Fall, 2013 Learning Communities

Seeing and Writing – 7 credits (Designed for AFA and /or Graphic Design Degrees)

Feed Your Muscles: Foundations in Fitness and Nutrition - 7 credits (Designed for students seeking an A.S. Degree in Fitness AND those seeking a Personal Training Certificate)

College Writing I, Fundamentals of Public Speaking – 7 credits (Designed for students interested in the Transfer Curriculum: Goal Area 1 requirement)

FYE and Kinesthetic Learning – 3 credits

FYE and Kinesthetic Learning – 3 credits

Introduction to College Life

Learn more about yourself as a learner. Learn how to take tests and do well on them! Go on a scavenger hunt! Take a class field trip! As a student in this learning community you'll use a variety of learning strategies and formats to become knowledgeable about how to be successful in college.

College Life Foundations

Are you an evening student? This learning community is designed to help you become familiar with the college environment and North Hennepin in particular. A First Year Experience course is combined with a learning strategies course to help you understand how to be the best student you can be.  Some of the work is online, but not to worry if you're not very familiar with computers:  we will help you learn!

Word Up!

In this learning community, a First Year Experience course, a learning strategies course, and an English course are combined to create a more natural language learning environment for you as a new college student. In the past, students have told us that putting these classes together makes class materials and assignments easier to understand.

Bulk Up Your Brain!

You'll won't believe how enjoyable and interesting it can be to learn about college when you're taking this learning community!  A First Year Experience course and a PE course (PE is required for graduation!) called "Kinesthetic Learning"  combine to help students understand the learning process in college.  If you're a hands-on learner, or like to learn by "doing," this is the learning community for you! 

Human Behavior and the Written Word

ENGL 1201: College Writing I and SOC 1110: Introduction to Sociology are paired in this learning community.  It provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the study of social and cultural aspects of human behavior. Students will develop an effective process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written modes, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Topics include society and culture, roles and norms, groups and organizations, deviance, inequality, and social and cultural change. Audience awareness, research methods, interpretation and analysis of sources, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. Documentation of sources will be included.  Prerequisite: Reading placement at college-level.

Communication, Persuasion, Presentation

ENGL 1202: College Writing II and SPCH 1010: Fundamentals of Public Speaking are paired in this learning community, which explores communication in many aspects, both oral and written. It is designed around specific learning outcomes in the areas of critical thinking, research process, and the development of a significant academic essay combined with a dynamic presentation. Prerequisite: ENGL 1201 with a grade of C or higher.