CCCCD Provides Innovative Math Preparation Program June 2 - July 3

May 9, 2003 - This summer, Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) will offer the Mathematics Passport Program, an innovative program for students requiring additional preparation for college-level mathematics. This math program allows students to receive condensed, intensive instruction in the specific segments of math needed to advance to the next level without having to complete the entire math course.

The Passport Program, designed for high school graduates, current CCCCD students and adults returning to college, is delivered in a five-week format that runs from June 2 - July 3 at CCCCD's Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Students will meet from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. The program fee is $75 plus tuition. To enroll, call (972) 881-5773.

CCCCD math faculty created the Passport Program collaboratively after discovering that a number of high school graduates were required to take developmental math classes to ready them for college-level math classes. This program helps ease the transition to college math.

"The Passport Program makes math more accessible to everyone. If you are willing to put in the effort, you can move ahead several levels of math in one class which is both a time and money saver," stated Andrea Hornedo, a student from the 2002 Passport program. "The professors love teaching and are patient and encourage questions to assist understanding the concepts. The structure of the program creates a cohesive, nurturing environment which is great for anyone who is hesitant about their math skills or who wants to move forward at a quicker pace."

"The unique aspect of the Passport Program is that students study only the math areas in which further instruction is needed," said Dr. Rosemary Karr, co-director of the Passport Program and CCCCD math professor. "For example, students are not required to work through an entire textbook if they only need help in one or two chapters. With the help of instructors, they learn what they need to learn to move on to the next level. This individualized math curriculum is called a 'student success plan.' Conceivably, a motivated student could work through several math levels in five weeks."

After placement at a specific competency level, students may enroll in any of the following mathematics courses: Basic Math (Math 0300); Pre-Algebra (Math 0302); Beginning Algebra (Math 0305); or Intermediate Algebra (Math 0310). Students will also be taught how to use a graphing calculator in all of the Passport Program math classes.

After placement at a specific competency level, students may enroll in any of the following mathematics courses: Basic Math (Math 0300); Pre-Algebra (Math 0302); Beginning Algebra (Math 0305); or Intermediate Algebra (Math 0310). Students will also be taught how to use a graphing calculator in all of the Passport Program math classes.