College Readiness Academy

Fall Semester classes

College Readiness Academy LogoThe College Readiness Academy (“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 healthcare. Many of our students are nursing assistants — or were nurses in their countries of origin — and now want to go to college to advance their medical careers in the U.S. The other Academy 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. At the end of the program, 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.

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Courses in 2015-2017:

  • Fall Semester: September 15 – December 18, 2015 – 4 days a week
  • Spring Semester: January 19 – May 27, 2016 – 4 days a week
  • Summer: Grammar for College – June 2016 – 3 days a week
  • Summer: Study Skills for College – July 2016 – 3 days a week

Fall Semester and Spring Semester classes meet 4 days a week as follows:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Skills students attain in College Readiness Academy:

  • College-level reading skills, including critical analysis and vocabulary-building
  • College-level writing skills, including note taking and essay-writing
  • Study skills, including skimming, scanning, test-taking, vocabulary-building, process-writing, and note-taking
  • 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
  • Human Body Systems on Fridays

Students who are eligible:

  • Demonstrate good English language skills on TABE reading test and a short written essay
  • 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.


  • Fall & Spring Semesters – Course fee is $20 (supply fee)

Assessment and Registration:

To enroll in the course, applicants must participate in one of the following “Information & Test Days” from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm:

  • November 23
  • December 7, 22, 30
  • January 5, 13

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