Southwestern College

What is a Learning Community?

Learning Communities are linked classes taught by trained faculty members who combine the content of the linked courses so that learning becomes easier and more relevant for the student. Teams of students share the same classes, and, with the support of their instructors and counselor, work together toward meeting the goal of educational success. Learning Communities may offer special workshops, field trips, and/or activities which make the classes more enjoyable, productive, and social.  Come to the Counseling Center and ask to speak to a counselor who can assist you with any of the below programs.


The Puente Project is an academic preparation program that has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's educationally disadvantaged students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who:

*Enroll in four-year colleges and universities
*Earn college degrees
*Return to the community as mentors and leaders of future generations


UMOJA (A Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.

Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.

Umoja links the following courses in a cohort yearlong model:
 Fall: Spring: 
 English 115  English 116
 PD 100  PD 114
 COMM 103  



What is Bayan: In Tagalog, the word “Bayan” means "home" and implies unity and a place where one feels welcome. This learning community program is open to all eligible students; however, the main focus is on Filipino American issues. Bayan is open to all students who are eligible to take English 114 and have not previously passed PD 116.
Linked Classes: English 114 and PD 116

FYE: First Year Experience

What is FYE: Is a program for first-time college students to provide structured support and guidance during their first year in college.

PAIR: Preparation – Achievement – Interdependence - Responsibility

What is PAIR: A Learning Community which links or “pairs” a required course such as math, English or reading with Learning Skills 116. LS116 is a two-unit transfer course that teaches essential strategies for academic and personal success. It promotes and reinforces learning and interpersonal skills and exposes students to a wide array of college support services.

PAIR students
*Succeed academically
*Receive an in-class tutor
*Have priority counseling
*Develop supportive and lasting bonds with classmates

Prospective students: If you are interested in learning more about PAIR, come to the counseling center to meet with the PAIR Counselor. 

HUBU: Hermanos Unidos – Brothers United

What is HUBU: A program designed to promote the personal and academic success of African American and Latino male students. The HUBU mission is to increase faculty and student interaction; promote community, cultural and gender identity development, and encourage peer-to-peer interaction between students.

*Personalized tutoring and mentoring
*Counseling support and Career Guidance
*University tours, workshops, seminars, and cultural events
*Priority registration and counseling
*Develop supportive and lasting bonds with classmates

Prospective students: If you are interested in learning more about HUBU, come to the counseling center to meet with the HUBU Counselor.

Last updated: 05/06/15

Last updated: 12/12/2017 11:14:23 AM