Join a Learning Community at College of Alameda

Learning English through culture

Three new culture-based learning communities help you to develop basic skills using curricula and teaching methods that are responsive to the culture and legacy of African American, Latino, or Asian/Pacific American students. College of Alameda’s Learning Communities are designed to promote student success, and all students regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, country of origin, and/or disabilities are welcome to join any of the three Learning Communities.

Basic Skills Curriculum

Classes within a learning community will be linked so that a group of students can take classes together, and faculty will work jointly to provide students with the necessary knowledge and self-confidence to succeed.

Classes in the first semester of the program are paired as follows:

  • English 269AB and Counseling 224 OR
  • English 201AB and Counseling 24.

 Students must register for both the English and the Counseling class in their chosen program.

Contact your program’s counselor for information about additional courses.

Adelante: Focus on Latino Experience

The Adelante (Spanish for “onward” or “forward”) program serves to enhance the intellectual, philosophical, ethical, and community experience of students through the reflective study of Latino culture and literature.

For more information, contact: Patricia Posada, Counselor, Adelante

Amandla: Focus on African-American Experience

The Amandla (Zulu for Power) program is a member of the Statewide Umoja (Unity) Community, and is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other student populations though a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American diasporas.

For more information, contact: Ellen Davis, Counselor, Amandla,

APASS (Asian/Pacific American Student Success)Focus on Asian/Pacific American Experience

APASS is designed to support Asian/Pacific Americans in pursuit of academic success by promoting individual growth and personal success through a culturally sensitive environment, recognizing the cultural diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and fostering unity within the multicultural college community and beyond.

For more information, contact: Diane Wu Chang, Counselor, APASS,

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