College Skills Division

Math ClassHow about taking a class that will help you be more successful in college?  The College Skills Division supports student success, teaching excellence and lifelong learning by providing a diverse range of class offerings and a wide array of resources to support students as independent learners. Classes are offered at various times throughout the day.  All classes that are 100 level and above count as electives and transfer to 4 year colleges and universities.

With committed instructors and a variety of class options and times, NIC's College Skills Center (CSC) provides the resources and classes you need to succeed.  The CSC faculty and staff are here to help!

College Skills Courses Include:

  • CSC-013 Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Development  3 credits
    CSC 013 is designed to enhance reading and vocabulary skills with an emphasis on comprehension of expressed and implied main ideas. The course also focuses on developing vocabulary skills including contextual clues, synonyms, antonyms, and affixes. Enrollment is based on a COMPASS score of 61-80. This class does not fulfill degree requirements.
  • CSC-043 Reading in Applied Technology   1 credit
    This course is an open-entry, open-exit course designed to improve reading skills for technical materials. This course emphasized learning for critical and efficient reading, including reading for information, following directions, critical reading, checking information, drawing conclusions, vocabulary, and understanding graphics in technical materials. Enrollment is based on a COMPASS score between 61-80.
  • CSC-100 College Transition  1 credit
    This in-depth college orientation course focuses on student success through personal awareness, goal setting, and educational and career planning. Learn about the NIC campus and the resources available to you while creating a meaningful education plan and exploring different career choices. 
  • CSC-104 College Reading  2 credits
    CSC 104 is a college level reading class designed for the skilled reader who would like to learn strategies for improving reading comprehension, enhancing textbook reading skills, and developing flexible reading rates. Reading techniques are applied to reading assignments in content areas such as sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This course is taught using lecture, computer aided instruction, and small group participation.
  • CSC-105 College Study Skills   2 credits 
    This college success course provides instruction and practical study techniques essential for academic success. You will learn study skills in time management, test taking, note taking, test anxiety, organization, memory techniques, and more. Study smarter, not harder, by developing practical study techniques for academic success in college! 
  • CSC-106 College Internet Skills  1 credit 
    This online course covers the basics of taking an interactive course via the Internet. Develop the skills necessary to become a successful online student. Learn how to navigate an online course on Blackboard, NIC’s learning management system for online courses.
  • CSC-113 Resident Assistant Training  1 credit 
    This dynamic and interactive course, taught by NIC’s Residence Life Manager, focuses on student development theory and its application in a college residence hall setting with an emphasis on the development of leadership styles, peer counseling techniques, crisis intervention, and interpersonal communication skills. You don’t have to be a resident advisor to take this course!
  • CSC-114 Career Development and Life Planning  3 credits 
    Still undecided on a major? CSC 114 will help you make informed career decisions. In conjunction with NIC’s Career Services, you will identify and assess your individual interests, skills and abilities, values, and preferred job characteristics. You will also examine the world of work, successful job search strategies, and current and future work trends.
  • MATH-015  Basic Mathematics  3 credits
    MATH 015 is an introduction to operations of whole numbers, fractions, ratios and proportions, decimals, percents, positive and negative integers, and geometry. This course format includes informal lecture with instructor assistance. Students are assisted in developing mathematical proficiency in basic computational skills areas required for pre-college level math courses.