Q: What are ‘Personal Development Courses’, and why do I need to take them?
A: Personal development courses, also known as remediation, are basic skills training courses that many 2-year or community colleges offer. These courses prepare college-bound students for college entry level math and English language and grammar. Without these remediation courses that boost a student’s knowledge of English and math, a student can be seriously hindered from passing college placement or entrance exams; and they risk not being accepted into a 4-year college. These remedial non-credit courses are designed to move a student more quickly through the catch-up stage and prepare them for language and math skills necessary in their college years.
When a graduating high school student in need of remedial training doesn’t have the opportunity to catch up during their final year of high school, they can take advantage of these personal development courses offered at many community colleges. A student passing their high school requirements does not necessarily mean they will be fully prepared for or be able to keep up with stricter college-level work.
Looking over statistics (NCES,1996) of those who enrolled in personal development courses and went on to pursue college-level studies, two-thirds of that group completed their remedial courses and 45 percent of the students in that group graduated with their Associates certificate. This data clearly shows that students who take the time to enroll in and complete remedial studies in their deficient subjects, experience a greater ability to succeed and go on to earn their certificate.
Many educators are firm in their endorsement of personal development courses for students wishing to pursue a certificate, as it allows them the second-chance they need. In addition to the many advantages of remedial courses, they are also a low-cost solution that gives students the ability to gain their certificate and transition successfully into the workforce and a career. With 80 percent of jobs in today’s economy requiring post-secondary education and a certificate, the personal development courses offered at Salter’s 2-year College are an ideal low-cost solution to assist students in getting their college education and an Associate’s certificate.