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Tillamook Bay Community College receives Strong Start Oregon Grant -Tillamook Bay Community College

Tillamook Bay Community College receives Strong Start Oregon Grant

January 8, 2021

Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) received a $10,000 Strong Start Oregon Implementation grant to support more students to achieve success in post-secondary math. The grant will support TBCC to continue to remove barriers for students by adopting a co-requisite model for delivering some of its math courses.

A co-requisite model provides students the opportunity to take college level math in one term by adding an additional supplemental course that prepares them “just in time”. TBCC has demonstrated success in reducing math completion from 3-4 terms to 2-3 and is now ready to shorten the pathway further saving student’s both time and money.

“We know that math can be a barrier for our students to complete a degree,” stated Dr. Teresa Rivenes, Vice President of Instruction. “Often students need to take several terms of remedial math before they have met the prerequisites to enter the math course required for their program of study. The co-requisite model accelerates the timeline for students as well as provides student’s with the support they need to be successful”. Dr. Rivenes co-authored the grant along with Dr. Chris Carlson, Math Faculty. Dr. Carlson will serve as the TBCC campus lead for the implementation of the grant.

Oregon is initiating a yearlong effort to implement statewide adoption of co-requisite support in Mathematics. Co-led by the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).