Non-Credit Program in English Composition

The English Department offers three non-credit classes and a Certificate of Competency for students who complete two of three noncredit courses.

All non-credit classes are FREE for students.

Students who choose non-credit classes:

  • Prefer learning step by step at a slower pace
  • Did not get a lot of experience reading and writing in high school
  • Want to refresh reading and writing skills typically taught in high school
  • Prefer a course that builds English vocabulary and comprehension
  • Want more time and support before taking college-level English 1 for a letter grade
  • Want extra help in reading and writing while completing English 1

All non-credit classes are FREE for students. Complete two courses and students will receive a Certificate of Competency.


201A Non-Credit Preparation for English Composition I

Noncredit preparation in English to practice academic reading, critical thinking, and writing expected in credit classes or degree applicable classes. This is the first 9-week course in a two-course sequence. Slower-paced college preparatory English class, which develops English vocabulary and comprehension, developing paragraphs and essays. This course is FREE to students and repeatable. (9 weeks/45 hours)

201B Non-Credit Preparation for English Composition II

Noncredit preparation in English to practice academic reading, critical thinking, and writing expected in credit classes or degree applicable classes. This is the second 9-week course in a two-course sequence. Slower-paced college preparatory English class, which develops English vocabulary and comprehension, developing more advanced paragraphs and essays. This course is FREE to students and repeatable. (9 weeks/45 hours)

215 English Skills - Support with Reading and Writing 

Noncredit preparation in English for success in college or career. Self-paced, individualized instruction in reading comprehension and writing effectiveness. You and your English 215 instructor will tailor a learning plan to give you the support you need to more easily succeed in any class that requires reading and writing. FREE to students and repeatable. Enrolls through eighth week of instruction. (Variable hours 18-54)

English 1, Critical Reading and Composition is required for most Associate’s Degree and transfer programs. Students who would benefit from extra support while completing English 1, may enroll in the FREE non-credit class, English 215 Support with Writing and Reading. 

Some sections of English 1 will be offered with an attached English 215, taught by the same instructor. Students will enroll in both courses, but the noncredit class is FREE. 

Special Programs will also offer English 215 as support for their students taking English:

Learn or review strategies for reading critically in an academic setting, managing the steps of the writing process, and learning to access and use sources. This program is designed for students who are looking to practice their reading and writing in a low stakes environment before taking transfer-level, for-credit English courses, or as extra support while taking transfer-level English.

Complete two of the following courses:

  • ENGL 201A Non-Credit Preparation for English Composition I (45 hours/9 weeks)
  • ENGL 201B Non-Credit Preparation for English Composition II (45 hours/9 weeks)
  • ENGL 215 Support with Writing and Reading (variable hours 18 - 54)