The core purpose of the Learning Services department is to support the success of students with disabilities. Our courses are open to all students yet are designed to assist students with the attainment of writing, math, learning strategies, and technological skills to help them succeed in college courses across the curriculum. Through classes and close collaboration with DSPS services we focus our efforts on assisting students to achieve whatever individual academic goals they set for themselves, whether it be an associate degree, transfer admission, career preparation, or the mastery of basic skills. The courses we offer allow students to improve their college readiness.
Learning Services courses are open to all students. Counselors in the Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) program can recommend special courses which will help you with learning strategies, reading, basic math and writing. LSR faculty work in close collaboration with DSPS to provide students with a complete package of support services and courses.
LSR 900 Strategies for Basic Skills Math 3.0 units
This course is an introduction to basic skills math to assist in the completion of certificated programs.
LSR 940 Learning Strategies for Basic Writing Skills 3.0 units
This course stresses the practical application of strategies for students who experience difficulties with written language. The course focuses on simple sentence, paragraph, essay development, and grammar using multi-sensory techniques.
LSR 941 Learning Strategies
This is an introductory course designed to accommodate the educational needs of students with disabilities. It stresses the practical application of learning strategies. Topics include auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and memory processing. The practical application of strategies within each modality is examined. This course may be offered via distance learning.
LSR 942A Learning Services Math Strategies 3.0 units
This course is an introduction to mathematical strategies for students with disabilities who have had difficulty mastering the basic concepts of fractions, variables, and simple equations. Students are introduced to techniques that focus on developing compensatory strategies for visual processing, short-term memory, long-term memory, and auditory processing disabilities. Manipulative modules, supportive devices, computer software, web sites, as well as drill and practice exercises are stressed in order to assist in the understanding and mastery of these basic concepts.
LSR 942B Learning Services Math Strategies 3.0 units
This course is the second of a two-course sequence covering mathematical strategies for students with disabilities who have had difficulty mastering the basic concepts of decimals, ratios/proportions, percents, and other pre-algebraic concepts. Students are introduced to techniques that focus on developing compensatory strategies for visual processing, short-term memory, long-term memory, and auditory processing disabilities. Manipulative modules, supportive devices, computer software, websites, as well as drill and practice exercises are stressed in order to assist in the understanding and mastery of these basic concepts.
LSR 943 Negotiating the College Web and Technology Environment 3.0 units
This class is designed to introduce students with perceptual, physical, communication, or learning challenges to concepts and terminology relevant to navigating the course management system and using assistive technology suited to their specific challenges. Students successfully completing the objectives of this course will possess basic skills necessary for negotiating the college course management system and obtain functional knowledge of keyboarding and assistive technology options.
LSR 950 Assistive Technology Lab 1.0 unit
The course is designed to give students with varied physical abilities and challenges an opportunity to practice basic skills and strategy techniques presented in special or mainstream classes. Emphasis will be on using assistive technology, software programs in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and cognitive memory to overcome or compensate for the student’s areas of weakness.