Learning Support Services
The Learning Support Program at West Georgia Technical College serves students who are in need of academic assistance. It includes learning support courses designed to improve students' basic abilities in the areas of English composition, mathematics, and reading skills, or in the development of English language reading, comprehension, or writing skills for non-native speaking individuals. These courses, designated by course number 0090, carry institutional credit and may be taken prior to enrollment in credit courses or in combination with credit courses, depending on a student's admission status. English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) courses also carry institutional credit only and may be taken as an alternative to traditional learning support courses to better prepare non-native speakers for success in traditional coursework.
Students required to take learning support courses must take those classes each semester until they have fulfilled the requirements. Students taking MATH 0090 are required to take a diagnostic exam at the beginning of each semester enrolled in the course to determine the competencies and objectives requiring mastery for satisfactory completion of the course.
ESOL courses offer three different instructional levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level consists of four courses – Listening and Speaking, Grammar, Reading, and Composition – designed to be taken simultaneously to prepare students for study in traditional coursework. Students must complete the advanced ESOL level courses and accomplish satisfactory scoring on the COMPASS exit exam before progressing to regular status. For more information email ESL@westgatech.edu.
In order to successfully complete learning support courses that lead to an associate degree course of study, students in English or Reading learning support must currently pass an exit exam with a qualifying score before entering credit classes that require regular status admission.
Learning support courses will be covered by Title IV assistance if the student is enrolled as a provisional admit student in an eligible program at West Georgia Technical College and the learning support course is required by the College.
Grades received for learning support courses are counted in the HOPE Scholarship GPA calculation. All learning support courses are included in the 67 percent hours attempted completion rate.
Learning Support Courses Over Five Years Old
Learning support courses over five years old must be repeated unless the student presents acceptable placement test scores less than five years old. The student may retake the placement exam if the exam scores are over five years old.