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Developmental Education

Programs in developmental education help you prepare for PCC's college credit programs - and for your chosen career. Many students already enrolled in credit courses take developmental classes as needed to meet the requirements of their degree program.

Courses and Services

Courses include reading, writing and mathematics. Support services, including tutoring are also available. Financial aid funds can be used for most developmental education courses.

Tutoring Services offer developmental English and math on an individualized basis. Learn by computer, videotape, slide-tape programs, tutoring and other non-traditional teaching modes. You may enter at any time and proceed at your own rate. Telnet courses and free learning styles seminars are available at the Cascade Campus' Learning Center.

Many academic programs offer free help from personal tutors. You may "drop-in" during any regularly scheduled tutoring time at the Cascade, Rock Creek or Sylvania campuses. Appointments are not required.

Project DEgree Program

Project DEgree is a new program at the PCC Southeast Campus. It offers students between the ages of 18 and 26 with a high school diploma (or high school equivalency) a group (cohort) approach to DE classes. Visit the Project DEgree website for eligibility and benefit information.

Getting Started

  1. To be sure you are in the appropriate classes, you'll need to take reading, writing and mathematics placement tests. For specific information, contact the campus testing center nearest you.