The purpose of Developmental Education is to provide courses that will assist students in mastering the basic skills necessary for them to continue their education. The instructional program includes basic, developmental and advanced courses in reading, writing, study skills, English as a Second Language, and mathematics. These courses are supported by laboratory experiences of individualized, self-paced practice. Six laboratories are available with materials, media, and tutorial assistance to help students improve their skills. The laboratories include the Center for Academic Preparation, the Writing Laboratory, the English as a Second Language Laboratory, the Learning Disabilities Laboratory, the Basic Skills Math Laboratory, and the Tutorial Center. See Developmental Education, English, Reading and Learning Disabilities sections of the college catalog for course descriptions.