Nash Community College began its fall semester classes Monday, one week ahead of the county’s K-12 public schools.
The college’s current enrollment is over 3,300 students for the semester, according to Kelley Deal, senior director of marketing and communcation at the college.
First-year students will be part of the True Blue Core initiative, which aims to better prepare students for advanced-level courses. The college considers this initiative to be a professional learning community, which is a “collegial group who are united in their committment to an outcome,” according to the N.C. Public Schools website.
For Nash Community College, this means focusing on the fundamentals.
“The goal is to get (students) going, and then success becomes a habit,” said Mike Latham, associate vice president for curriculum at the college.
But True Blue Core does not only effect students. Instructors have opportunities to collaborate in the form of team-teaching, in which larger classes will have two instructors teaching at once.
The college’s math department has used something similar to True Blue Core for three semesters, and the English department took up the initiative spring semester last school year.
“Since we’ve had such good retention with the curriculum courses, we’ve decided to apply these to the core classes,” Latham said.
Students must complete eight core classes across a variety of program curricula, such as psychology, sociology and biology.
“The theory being, you get the students well-grounded in (introductory) English, and they’ll be fully prepared for upper-level English,” Latham said about the initiative’s long-term potential.
True Blue Core hopes to eventually include uniform class lineups for first year students’ eight core classes, which is already the case in the school’s math department.
“I am very much interested in the collaboration that we’re doing to enhance student learning,” said Renee Martinez, English instructor, and professional learning community coodinator at the college.