The SMC Pioneer Learning Communities (SMCPLC) is a purposeful structuring of courses and activities designed to increase the chance for your personal, academic and professional success.
Members of the SMCPLC take a series of closely-linked courses, with the same group of new freshman. This course grouping makes it easy for you to discover connections between disciplines. Working with a group of familiar students also makes it easy for you to make friends and get to know your student colleagues.
As a member of the SMCPLC, you’ll also be exposed to opportunities and experiences that will help you discover your career path and interests.
Why Participate in the SMCPLC?
- Integrated assignments that count for both classes
- Seminar-type meetings
- Guest speakers
- Themed meals
- Being able to take your graduation requirements in a unique and engaging way
- Innovative professors who work together for your success
- None of this occurs outside of class time and does not interfere with sports, leadership or arts activities
How do you participate in the SMCPLC?
- Accept the invitation you receive once you place your SMC enrollment deposit.
- Places are given on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited.
- Only students who place in ENGL 101 will be eligible to take the ENGL 101 linked courses.
What are the opportunities provided by the SMCPLC?
- Discovering how concepts learned in one subject can be applied to projects assigned in another
- Working together to solve class-related problems
- Adapting to multiple faculty members’ perspectives and classroom environments
- Making friends with students enrolled in the community
- Arranging a convenient class schedule of closely integrated courses
- Increasing the chance for student success in personal, academic, and professional arenas
- Students taking SMCPLC courses in the fall get first choice for second semester linked courses.
Learning Communities A and B
- English Composition I, Dr. Litasha Dennis
- World Religions, Dr. Kris Pratt
- SMC 101, Leah Pruitt or Teresa Ferguson
Learning Communities C
- General Psychology, Pete Aylor
- Music Appreciation, Dr. Lanny Lanford
- SMC 101, Kelly Tillinghast
Learning Communities D
- History of the United States I, Dr. Cole Cheek
- Principles of Macroeconomics, Dr. Jonathan Keisler
- SMC 101, Kathleen Brown