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Press Release

Bend, Oregon

College Excel Adds Skills Development Courses To Curriculum

Sue Harless, Academic Director
Harold Olaf Cecil, Media Relations

September 28, 2006

Bend, Oregon—College Excel, the only national support program of its kind for college-age youth, has added an extensive offering of Skill Development Courses available for the first time in the Fall 2006 term.

The one- or two-day seminars help students meet the demands of college life and provide concentrated instruction to acquire new capabilities or brush up in areas that need reinforcement.

College Excel's Skill Development Courses are taught by Central Oregon Community College professors, College Excel Academic Director Sue Harless, and other area professionals.  Students choose at least two of the following classes, and may participate in all of them:

  • Conscious Career Choices
  • Overcoming Test Anxiety
  • Time Management
  • Building Math Confidence
  • Writing Review
  • Beyond Perfectionism
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Developing a Resume That Works
  • Job Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • I Found It!
  • Discovering the Power of Organization
  • Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance
  • Reading for Retention
  • Brain Science - Understanding Addictions

Skill Development Courses and accredited college courses meet in College Excel's new classroom and coaching facility, The Academic Center for Excellence, which is adjacent to the Oregon State University- Cascades and COCC campuses.  The 1,500 square-foot Academic Center for Excellence includes tutoring and study rooms, an intimate 15-student classroom, a computer lab with eight fully equipped workstations, wireless Internet for students to use with personal laptops and the College Excel academic offices.

For complete Skill Development Courses descriptions, visit www.collegeexcel.com.

About College Excel: 
The only program of its kind in the U.S., College Excel supports students from around the country, ages 18-27, who are ready to begin or to continue college.  Students enrolled in College Excel work closely with an academic coach, advisor and learning specialist to build an individual program that meets their specific academic needs.  They may choose from accredited college courses taught by the best local college professors in the comfort of CE's private classroom, as well as skill development courses on topics such as writing, tests, math and time management.  Support services led by learning specialists include on-going academic coaching, advising, learning disability support, tutoring, study groups, grade checks and transfer mentoring.

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