Many students at Catawba Valley Community College begin their journey through higher education in the Developmental English and Reading Department. Our mission is to assist students as they build the basic skills that they will need to meet their educational goals. Course numbers 070, 080, and 090 identify the three levels of both Developmental English courses and Developmental Reading courses. Placement testing determines the appropriate beginning course level for each student.
We strive to build a large, supportive community of learners as we sponsor coordinated academic activities between the writing and reading areas every semester such as the reading of a common novel. Events are scheduled to enrich student understanding of the selected book. Also, each week, our students spend one hour in the Personal Enrichment Lab where students can access online textbook support as well as work on digital skills.