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Preparation for College Writing, Certificate of Competency

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 3_NCI_PCW
Control Number: 37793


Consisting of three tuition-free noncredit courses, this certificate is designed for students who wish to progress confidently to ENGL C100 and transfer or for anyone who wishes to enhance his or her writing skills without the high stakes of a for-credit class. Students in ENGL C098N Writing Sentences to Paragraphs study grammar, sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, style, and syntax. Students in ENGL C099N Writing Paragraphs to Essays build upon the skills in C098N and write paragraphs and short essays in various modes. Students in ENGL C080N Composition Support are enrolled concurrently in transfer-level courses and receive skills-based guidance and affective support to help them bolster their writing in those courses. There are no skills prerequisites for the three English noncredit courses, which may be taken concurrently, sequentially, or out of sequence.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and syntax proficiency on the sentence level.
  2. Compose a well-developed, coherent paragraph of at least 250 words in Standard English; the paragraph will include a clear topic sentence, one or more specific supporting examples, transitions, and a concluding sentence.
  3. Upgrade essays from varying academic disciplines by revising introductory paragraphs and theses, body paragraphs and support, and concluding paragraphs.​

This award confirms that a student enrolled in a noncredit program has demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares students to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable and non-degree applicable credit courses.

Course Title Units
Required Course
Students will complete all of the following:
ENGL C098NWriting Sentences to Paragraphs55
ENGL C099NWriting Paragraphs to Essays55
ENGL C080NComposition Support18
Total Hours128