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​​College Literacy Progression

Building Bridges to the Future

Dual credit classes through the Passages Program offer students the opportunity to receive high school and PCC college credit through Reading 115. RD115 is an essential class for college success and is a key prerequisite for many PCC programs. Additionally, if candidates successfully pass RD115 with a C or higher, Passages will cover tuition, fees, and books for a writing class at PCC.

Qualified candidates: 

  • are 16-21 years old (priority: first-generation college students).
  • reside in the Beaverton School District attendance boundaries.
  • passed 10th grade English and have an 11th grade reading level.
  • can commit to an 11-week dual credit course (RD115) from 2:30-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at Passages, on the Merlo High School campus, during PCC's fall term (September 26-December 8) of the 2016-17 school year.

Application Materials:

  • Application signed by parent or guardian if under 18.
  • Copy of transcript showing B's or better in Language Arts classes.
  • One recommendation from a Language Arts or Social Studies teacher. This person must be able to speak to your reading and/or writing skills.
  • One recommendation from your counselor.​

Return completed APPLICATION​ to Passages College Literacy Progression (attention​ Karey Glessing) no later than Tuesday, September 13, 2016 via one of the following options:

  • scan and email to
  • hand-deliver to Merlo Station High School, 1841 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, 97003
  • send via inter-district mail to Karey Glessing, Merlo Station High School

Course Descriptions:  All courses are aligned with the Common Core Outcomes for Portland Community College.  Students taking these courses have a choice to take them for high school credit and college credit.  If students choose to take them for dual credit, students are able to access PCC resources.   Classes will be based on exploring current social topics in order to develop critical cultural awareness while developing college level reading skills. 

Reading 115: (to be taken at Passages/Merlo Station High School) Focuses on expanding reading frequency and effectively reading complex college level texts. Emphasizes comprehension strategies, critical reading and thinking skills, information literacy, vocabulary development, student success strategies and adapting reading rate to different reading tasks.

Writing 115: Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis and reader and revision for clarity and correctness. Students write 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one essay that incorporates source materials and employs MLA citation conventions. Students will be able to work through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising.​

Writing 121:​ Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Students write 3500-4500 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one essay of at least 1000 words that integrates research.