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Alpha Scholars

Alpha Scholars

Alpha Scholars

Alpha Scholars is WCC's learning community program for students. Alpha Scholars receive priority registration for block courses that help build the community experience. Each student is also assigned an academic advisor and success coach, with regular meetings to help students stay on track and meet their goals. 

To be eligible, students must be:

  • enrolling in Fall semester
  • new to college
  • studying full-time toward an associate degree

What are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities are a high-impact educational practice.

The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link “liberal arts” and “professional courses”; others feature service learning.

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, by George D. Kuh (AAC&U, 2008)

Examples of Learning Communities:

Why Learning Communities?

Learn more about the research behind the Learning Community approach. 

Learning Communities: 

Block Scheduling:


Belonging & Engagement: