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The English department largely teaches composition courses at the basic skills and transfer levels. Basic skills courses are currently offered at one level below transfer (English 104) and two levels below transfer (English 100A). The transfer courses are English 1A, basic freshman composition, and English 4 or 7, which are two variations of a second-semester critical thinking course. Some combination of these transferable compositions courses are a core requirement for most LPC degrees and transfer pathways. We also teach a smaller proportion of creative writing and literature courses. We offer an AA and and AA-T in English. English offers courses in two learning communities, Puente and Umoja, which are designed to foster the success of underrepresented students.
Early Care and Education
In the Early Care and Education Department (formerly called Early Childhood Development) the focus is to ready students to optimally teach and serve children ages 0-8 and their families. The LPC Child Development Center operates as a lab school as part of our mission to train students in emergent curriculum and in the daily tasks of a skilled teacher. We have three degrees to offer as well as three certificates and several of our courses specifically meet requirements for state work permits and state licensing. Career opportunities include being a teacher in Early Care and Education settings, Program Directors, Child and Family Agencies. We also provide key foundation knowledge for TK – 8 teachers and Mental Health Professionals. We are creating an ADT in Child and Adolescent Development as well as an ADT in Elementary Education. ECE has several programs/grant initiatives from State agencies such as the Child Development Training Consortium, the CA Early Childhood Mentor Program, and the program houses the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program. ctor of the Valley meetings, and conducts presentations about our ECE program to the Regional Occupational Programs, local high schools, Resource and Referral agencies and other private programs.
Counselor/instructor faculty serve as both counselors and instructors at LPC. For a review of the instruction program within the Counseling Department, please consult the Psychology-Counseling (PCN) program review. Counseling faculty assist current and prospective students in identifying, clarifying, and reaching their educational and career goals. The focus of the counseling program is to provide academic, transfer, career, and personal counseling services both on campus and online. Additionally, counselors liaise with local high schools and partner with the LPC outreach department to insure successful recruitment and onboarding of new students. Counselors support students through their admissions and matriculation processes including orientation and assessment. Counselors also work with students to complete Educational Planning as required by the SEA (Student Equity and Achievement) program (formerly SSSP), and when required for Financial Aid, Athletic eligibility, International Student eligibility, Veterans eligibility, etc. Counselor coordinate student success programs and learning communities (e.g. Student Interventions Program, Puente, HSI, Umoja, Middle College, etc.), and as a result, are often reassigned from general counseling duties in order allow for such coordination. Finally, Counselors also teach within the Psychology-Counseling (PCN) discipline, engaging student both in “college success” and “health and human services” related curriculum (see PCN program review).
California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a public assistance program that provides cash assistance and services to families with children who do not have enough money to meet their basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing, or other basic living expenses. The goal of the CalWORKs program is to provide eligible participants to receive supportive services that will equip them with the skills to obtain employment and become selfsustaining. When CalWORKs participants are assessed through the county, they may determine that education will provide the participant the tools needed to increase employability, and will refer them to local institutions of higher education to meet their specified county requirements. As stated on the Chancellor’s Office website, “CalWORKs funds are for the purpose of assisting welfare recipient students and those in transition off of welfare to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through coordinated student services offered at community colleges including: work study, job placement, child care, coordination, curriculum development and redesign, and under certain conditions post-employment skills training, and instructional services”. The Las Positas College CalWORKs program works to prepare this high-risk population of students by promoting academic success and career development. The Las Positas College CalWORKs program supports students through priority registration, supplies, additional tutoring services, dedicated counselors, and assist