Mission: To prepare students for college-level courses, academic success, and life-long learning.

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The College Preparatory & Developmental Studies (CPDS) Program provides reading, writing, mathematics, and college success courses. Our dedicated instructors help students realize their dreams and reach their goals by increasing their academic and critical thinking skills and building self-confidence.

Along with a traditional sequence of course offerings, CPDS provides two highly successful alternatives for Kodiak College students:

  • The SMART Start Program, a 10-week intensive with small class sizes, is offered each Fall. Students in the Program enroll together as a cohort and learning community. Courses include Reading Strategies (PRPE 076), Writing Strategies (PRPE 086), Pre-Algebra (MATH 054), and Creating Success in College (GUID 150).

  • The Companion Course Program, offered most Fall and Spring semesters, allows qualifying students to enroll in Introduction to College Writing (PRPE 108) and Introduction to Composition (ENGL 111) in the same semester with the same instructor.

In addition, the Math Department offers Fast-Track Math, a free week-long course typically offered before each semester begins. Students who need some assistance brushing up on their rusty math skills or students whose Accuplacer score is close to the next higher level course are encouraged to take Fast Track Math. This free class occurs the week before the Fall and Spring semesters begin and students who take the course can choose to take or retake the Math Accuplacer at the end of the class. Many Fast Track Math students have placed into a highter level math class as a result of their study which has saved them significant time and money.

To learn more about which CPDS programs are right for you, stop by Student Services, located on the ground floor of the Campus Center Building, Room 103, or call 486-1266.