College Readiness Resources

Need to review math or English before starting college? Scored low on the Accuplacer and want to try self-help before paying tuition for a preparatory class?  Aren’t comfortable with distant learning technology?  KPC has created free, online materials for students to study, at their own pace and free of charge.

Students can review all of pre-algebra or just an area of weakness such as fractions or real numbers. Students can choose to refresh writing skills or only focus on how commas are used. Students can explore the world of distance education technology or just review how Blackboard works. Students have the freedom to repeat whatever they need to improve their skills, and then re-take a placement exam to prove their readiness for college math or English.

The project is funded by the US Department of Labor, TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career) program and 100% of the total cost of the online College Readiness Resources has been funded by federal money out of a $2.5 million TAACCCT Department of Labor project. However, these materials do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Labor or endorsement by the Federal Government.  The TAACCCT grant is an equal opportunity program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Grant has been conducted in partnership with the UAA Community and Technical College and the Architectural and Engineering Technician program.

Courses may be found by clicking on the links to the right or by visiting the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) page. NTER versions are not updated as frequently, however, as a login is required for NTER, students can more easily track their progress through the course materials. 

Essential Pre-College Math

Essential Pre-College Math is a series of sixteen self-paced online modules that cover topics ranging from basic number properties to factoring and graphing polynomials. The modules are divided into two courses: Pre-Algebra and Beginning Algebra. The courses are designed to help students review or master content usually covered in Pre-Algebra and Algebra I courses taught in high school, while at the same time presenting the material with authentic examples that illustrate how mathematics is used in the various fields of study related to work for architectural engineering technicians or construction. A solid understanding of this level of mathematics is crucial, and a prerequisite, for enrolling and succeeding in college level mathematics courses required in the Architectural and Engineering Technology (AES) degree and certificate programs as well as in most other fields of study.

The self-paced, modular structure of the courses allows students to work on their areas of weakness without requiring them to spend time on material they have already mastered. Additionally, it allows students to improve their mastery of pre-college foundational math without the tuition cost normally associated with remedial mathematics courses.

EPM Pre-AlgebraEPM Beginning Algebra

Writing Basics

Writing Basics is a series of eight self-paced online units that serve as a tutorial for those desiring a refresher in basic writing skills. The course is designed to prepare students for 100-level composition courses or to cover the skills needed for general education writing requirements at the college level. The eight units, each consisting of three modules, cover a wide range of topics.  The general topic areas covered in the eight units include the writing process as it relates to college-level academic contexts; key components of sentence style; the major components of sentence structure and their function; identifying and using basic punctuation; identifying the purpose and structure of paragraphs; composing multi-paragraph essays; identifying and using various revising methods; and the major components of reading comprehension.

Students will work their way through each module at their own pace, while completing self-check quizzes and practice material sprinkled throughout. They can repeat areas they still have not mastered, or they can skip over areas where they already have adequate skills.

Writing Basics

Introduction to Distance Learning

Introduction to Distance Education (I2DE) provides five, self-paced modules available as open access, online courses that cover key topics related to successfully navigating an online learning environment. Included in the content are media resources that expand the content on the use of Blackboard (a learning management system); time and resource management when learning online; what to expect if you are disabled in an online learning environment; importance of collaboration within an online learning community; and an overview in the use of online technology tools available in a distance education course.

I2DE also addresses the issues of motivation and discipline as well as the value of extending your online presence to other web-based communities in support of your distance education coursework. The I2DE course is designed as a broad overview of these topics, with built-in practice exercises that can serve as self-checks for the information presented.

Introduction to Distance Learning