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What is PAL?​
PAL (Personalized Accelerated Learning)

  • Back to back short term classes in Math and English. Click here to see what classes are in the PAL program.
  • Complete 2 short term (8 week) classes in 1 semester instead of 2 full term (16 week) classes in 2 semesters.
  • Offered in fall and spring semesters.
  • Stay with the same instructor and fellow students as you progress.
  • Counseling and tutoring available.
  • Morning, mid-day, and evening classes available (varies by semester and by campus).
  • Complete an online PAL orientation before you can register.
  • PAL classes cannot be taken separately. A student must take all classes in the cohort. Sorry, but there are no exceptions.
  • If you're a veteran, please check with Veteran's Affairs to see how PAL will affect your benefits!


Why PAL?

Success rates in PAL are roughly 10% higher than the same course taught in the standard format!


Here's what PAL students say about their experience in the program: 

What would you tell someone who's interested in taking PAL classes?
  •   “If your interested in establishing strong friendships and finishing two semesters of math or English in one semester, take PAL!”
  •   “Take the PAL class because it’s so much easier to be in the same class with the same teacher and students.”
  •   “Go for it! You wont forget, or regret the experience.” 

How was PAL different than you thought it would be?

  • "While the material was new, it was all familiar because we had the same professor and the same classmates, so there was a sense of comfort.”
  • “It wasn’t as fast as I expected, and it was worth saving the time of taking the two classes over two semesters.”
  • “The pace of the course was more manageable than I thought, I expected it to be faster."
  •  “PAL wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be.”
What's the greatest benefit of taking PAL classes?
  • "By taking math daily, the concepts become easier by taking math daily, the concepts become easier."
  • "Expanded network, perspective and confidence building."
  • "Finishing my required classes faster."
  • "You have the ability to work at a faster pace and finish your classes at COC faster."
  • "PAL Math didn’t feel like math, it felt more like life skills, incorporating a bit of math."


Which Courses are in PAL?

*Please consult with a program advisor or counselor if you are unsure which PAL course to take based on your educational goals*

English Classes Offered Through PAL (Updated February 2016):

ENG 091/101

ENG 096/101

ENG 101/103

Math Classes Offered Through PAL (Updated February 2016):

MATH PAL courses available in the Liberal Arts pathway:

Math 075/140

MATH PAL courses available in the STEM pathway: 

Math 058/060

Math 060/070

Math 102/104

 COC Math Placement Chart

 English Classes Offered through PAL (Updated April 2015):

 COC English Placement Chart


Steps to Becoming a PAL Student

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Click here to see a comparison of all the Distance Learning programs.