College Readiness Academy

Medical Careers Focus

College Readiness Academy LogoThe College Readiness Academy (the “Academy”) is a partnership that provides college preparation to New Americans and others who would like to begin college-level classes but are not yet college-ready. The Institute site is particularly for adults who are employed or interested in a career in the medical field. Many of our students are nursing assistants who want to go to college to advance their medical careers. The other two sites — Hubbs Center and Neighborhood House — and have a different career focus.

These free programs practice the same reading and writing skills as expensive prep classes run by colleges. After the courses, most students show great improvement on the Accuplacer, the community college placement test. They need fewer reading and writing classes (in “Developmental English”), saving $100’s or $1000’s — and some are eligible to begin General Education classes. With the help of two full-time college navigators, students also develop a good understanding of how the college system works, how to plan their classes, how to apply for financial aid, and how to be academically successful.

Courses in 2015
Spring Semester: January 26 – May 29, 2015 – 5 days a week
Summer Study Skills for College: June 8 – July 2, 2015 – 3 days a week
Summer Grammar Clinic for College: July 6 – 31, 2015 – 3 days a week
Fall Semester: September 9 – December 15, 2015  – 5 days a week

  • Spring and Fall Semester classes meet 5 days a week:
    Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.(English) AND
    Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (math) AND
    Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Introduction to Human Body Systems)

Skills students attain in the Spring & Fall Semester the College Readiness course:

College-level reading skills, including critical analysis

  • College-level writing skills, including note taking and essay-writing
  • Study skills, including skimming, scanning, test-taking, vocabulary-building, process-writing, and note-taking
  • Math skills, taught by tutors in small groups
  • Computer skills, including word processing and research tools
  • Build knowledge of medical vocabulary and the medical field (guest speakers from many medical professions)
  • Grammar refresher

Eligibility is students who:

  • Demonstrate good English language skills on grammar, reading, and writing tests
  • Are currently working or have worked in the health care field (within or outside the U.S.), have medical training, OR are interested in health careers.


  • Total course fee is $20 (supply fee)

Assessment and Registration:

To enroll in the course, applicants must participate in one of the following “Information and Testing Days.” The session will take about 3 hours:

  • To be announced

At these sessions, the instructor will explain how this class compares to classes at local colleges, and students will take three tests. Together, the instructor and applicant will decide if this class meets the applicant’s academic needs. Contact Jacob Cohn (651-647-0191 x 353 or to register for a testing day.