What are Learning Communities?
A learning community (noted on class schedules as sections in the low 90s) occurs when two or more courses are linked together so that students gain an understanding of deep connections between differing areas of study. For example, PSYC 2490 and HIST 2300 would make connections between human psychology and WWII, perhaps noting how human psychology works in stressful situations and how WWII affected how people thought (and thus acted). Students must enroll in both courses in order to be a part of the learning community. The courses show up separately on your transcripts to maximize future transfer options.
Why should I sign up for a Learning Community?
- Your books for the courses in the Learning Community are FREE! You will receive a check from financial aid for the cost of your books at the beginning of the semester.*
LCs create a community of students that work together and form tight bonds. These relationships often transfer to life outside of the classroom and benefit students with a group that helps hold each other accountable.
- LCs improve understanding of course concepts, help students remember content long after class is over, and foster critical thinking skills for other courses.
- Those who participate in LCs are more likely to continue with their college education and often find themselves with higher grades than those who take the same classes outside of LCs, according to studies done by Washington Center, Iowa State University, Skagit Valley College, Pennsylvania State University, and others.
* If you have other scholarship funds and are already fully funded for your semester, you may not be eligible. Call Laurie Johnstone at 307-268-2636 or 307-268-2323 with questions.
More about Casper College Learning Communities
In support of Casper College’s mission, values, and goals, the mission of the Learning Communities initiative is to cultivate of a culture of excellence in student learning and excitement for professional growth through the development, the promotion, and the expansion of multi- or inter-disciplinary Learning Communities that contain dynamic learning environments characterized by innovative curricula, student and faculty collaboration, active learning, and engaging teaching methods.