About Learning Communities

A Learning Community is two or more classes linked together by a common theme or context. For example, the AFFIRM learning community is designed to support the retention and transfer of African American students. However, this learning community is open to ALL students who believe they can benefit from, and be enriched by, a learning experience focused on African American history, utilizing the power of the written word and cultural empowerment. The same students enroll in all classes within the learning community, fostering a sense of "community" among peers and faculty. Various assignments and/or activities in one class relate to the other class(es) in the learning community.

During a Learning Community, students will:

  • engage in learning through facilitated faculty and peer interaction
  • collaborate with peers who share similar personal and/or career interests 
  • appreciate diversity in people, cultures, and experiences 
  • identify and choose appropriate academic and career support services 
  • demonstrate confidence in their academic abilities 


"The learning community program provides a vehicle for students to bond and get to know one another quickly. I believe that students in a learning community are more likely to feel connected to the college and to feel like they belong in college than students who are not part of a learning community. The classroom atmosphere in a learning community can be more accepting and comfortable for students than in classes which are not part of a learning community."

Learning Communities Faculty


Learning communities are a way to unite with other people to work together as a group to reach goals. It's like another family, and the class is very well informed."

Learning Communities Student