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Reynolds to offer new STEM Learning Community

7/16/2013, 1:32 p.m.

This fall for the first time J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College has said it will offer students the opportunity to enroll in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Learning Community.

According to the Richmond-based college, the new learning community links Introduction to Biology (BIO 101) with College Success Skills (SDV 100) to help students explore various STEM majors and related career fields while completing requirements for their degree.

The Department of Commerce notes that STEM field careers are some of the best-paying and have the greatest potential for job growth in the early 21st century. STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and training in STEM fields generally results in higher wages.

The concept of a Learning Community is to coordinate what students are learning in one class and apply it to another. To accomplish this, two (or more) course sections in the same semester are linked together and the same students enroll in both course sections. The instructors work together to coordinate assignments, content, and improve crossover learning between the courses. Classes are typically back-to-back, or at the same time on alternating days.

This STEM Learning Community links two courses on the Parham Road Campus-General Biology 101, a four credit course meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and College Success Skills, a one credit course which meets on Tuesdays.