Reading and Writing at Donnelly College

Reading and Writing

Success First courses are designed for students who need to strengthen their academic skills before enrolling in college-level courses. 

Meets Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Four courses are offered to strengthen reading, writing and college success skills (CCS096, CCS097, CCS098 and CCS100).

Reading and Writing

CCS096 Writing Strategies M,W,F 9-10:20 a.m. 
(4 credits)

CCS097 Reading Strategies M,W,F 10:30-11:50 a.m.
(4 credits)

CCS098 Success First Lab T 10:40-11:40 a.m.
(1 credit)

CCS100 College Success Skills T,R 9:25-10:40 a.m.
(Power Hour R 10:40-11:40 a.m.)

=12 hours/Full Time
+ Math Course

  • Students must meet with Success First faculty in these courses before enrolling in college-level courses. Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward a degree or diploma, but the credits do count toward full-time status for students. Courses at 100 level and higher do count toward degree requirements. 
  • Math option: Students who place into Success First Reading/Writing are highly encouraged to take a math course. Placement in a math course is based on previous high school or college coursework and their scores on entrance tests.
  • Students completing the Success First sequence with an A or B will be eligible to retake the entrance test and be admitted to 100 level classes based on their scores. Admission into college level classes is based on a combination of test scores and achievement in Success First classes.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • To create competent college level readers
  • To read and analyze a variety of texts
  • To understand and apply processes for writing and research
  • To apply textual conventions appropriately to their writing tasks
  • To assist Service Learners to make connections between their community experiences and the larger world, focusing especially on social justice issues.

Need more information? Contact:

Lisa Stoothoff
Director of Success First 
(913) 621-8726