Express to Success Program - Learning Communities

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What is a “Learning community”?

A “Learning Community” (LC) is a group of students and specially selected courses that are combined together to improve your learning. Your classmates and you are completely immersed in the subjects in order to advance through your coursework quickly. You attend classes as a group, work closely with your classmates, and learn from each other. There is specialized support inside and outside of the classroom.

What classes are a part of the Learning Communities?

Our Learning Communities have been designed to assist you with your pathways in English, math, and English as a Second Language (ESL). As Fall 2018, the Learning communities are:

• English 88, English 89/110, or English 110 (non-accelerated)

• Math 95/107, Math 107/120 or Math 107/117, Math 41 (with support), Math 77/107 (with support)


How do I join?

ESP has made it easier for you to register for our English and Math* Learning Communities. You will need to use the CRNs from the following pages to register:

Math Learning Communities

English Learning Communities

*If you are signing up for our Math 095/107, 107/117 or 107/120 Learning Communities you must follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the ESP Office in-person, by calling 805-730-4274 or emailing
  2. Once we verify that you are eligible, our staff will email you with the CRN and ADD codes.
  3. Register for the class within 2 days from when you receive the CRNs and ADD codes or risk losing your place in your selected LC(s). 

What are the requirements to join?

Some specific requirements that a student must commit to are:

  • You must have all student holds cleared in order to register.
  • You must ensure that you have not attempted the course you want to enroll in more than the maximum 3 times allowed.
  • You must have completed a math/English placement test & have the scores available.
  • We recommend you enroll in no more than 15 units for the semester.
  • Check with your special program: International, EOPS, DSPS, Veterans, and Athletics, etc. for approval.
  • You cannot withdraw from a LC core course without speaking to their instructor and counselor, if they withdraw from one LC course they will be dropped from all their LC courses, thus significantly affecting their financial aid.
  • You must attend the Mandatory Program Orientation.

These are requirements students must commit to (and a few others). When they attend a workshop, we have them complete a written agreement, the application and assign them a LC.

Why do I want to be a part of this program – what are the benefits?

The Express to Success Program (ESP) provides the opportunity for you to move through the required classes quickly. Think of ESP as an express lane allowing you to get through the classes that lead to college-level courses more quickly. For example, in one semester you can complete Math 107 (Intermediate Algebra) and Math 117 (Statistics) in the same semester. Or you can complete English 98 and 110 in the same semester! In addition to proven success academically, some of the benefits are:

  • High success rates
  • Book grants for students who are Veterans or are receiving the BOG tuition waiver (subject to funding)
  • Tutoring support in and outside of class
  • Special ESP advisors and counselors dedicated to your success throughout the semester
  • Acceleration in math or English by completing two levels in one semester


I tried to register into one of the LC courses and a warning text indicates that I must sign up for the Learning Community. Can I sign up for just one of the Learning Community courses without being in the program?

No, the concept of the LC is that the courses are linked and that students are in the same LC classes with the same group of students. Therefore students must qualify and sign up for the ESP program and take all the required LC courses.

Are International students eligible for ESP?

Yes, International students are eligible and welcomed into the program.

  • All students MUST have an English 70 and 80 placement or higher.
  • Math students MUST have a placement of Math 107 or lower.
  • Students must make a personal commitment to their academic success.
  • Students must receive counselor approval before they withdraw from ESP courses once the semester begins.
  • Students must agree to actively participate in a Learning Community and have strong listening and speaking skills.

I’m an AB 540 student. Am I eligible for the program?

Yes, AB540 students are eligible and welcomed into the program.

 Do I need to pay the Tuition, Health and Transportation fees?

Yes, all ESP students are still required to pay fees (unless you are a recipient of the SBCC Promise). Aside from these, there are no additional fees incurred as being part of ESP.

Are there book grants available to pay for my books?

Yes, ONLY for  California Promise (formerly BOG tuition waiver) recipients. You are required to purchase the books that are outside of ESP and that are not linked to an LC.

I’m part of a special program (EOPS, STEM, TAP, Athletics, DSPS, VETS, International, etc.), do I need to meet with an ESP counselor in addition to my special program counselor?

During the semester students should meet with their special program counselor as may be required by those programs, but can utilize the ESP Academic counselors as well.


Do I need an ADD code to sign up for LC classes?

Some Learning Communities require an ADD code in order to enroll. CRN and ADD codes will be provided to you by ESP staff either in-person or via email.

Is the English 110 combo still available?

The English 110 Learning community is actually an English 089/110 Learning Community Combo series. In this class, there are 10 ESP students taking the entire combo and 14 ESP students in only the Eng. 110 class. Students in the 110 only portion are still entitled to ESP services for which they are eligible.

Looking for more information?

Please contact the ESP office. We are located on the Santa Barbara City College campus in ECC-14. You may also call (805.730.4274) or email us at Our regular business hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM.

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