Foundational Skills


Foundational Skills

Do you want to improve your math, writing, and reading skills to prepare for success in college-level courses, to pass a test, or to improve skills for work without cost? The Foundational Skills Program can help you reach these goals by equipping you with the essential Math & Language Arts skills for academic & career success.

The program can prepare you with the essential skills for academic advancement to the General Educational Development (GED) Program as well as entry-level LBCC math and English classes. You will also learn skills to improve your communication and computation skills for work – skills that employers are seeking!

Complete both courses and earn a Certificate of Competency, Foundational Skills.


Foundational Skills – Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)

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The following is a sampling from the list of innumerable potential jobs requiring a High School Degree or less.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Automotive Technician
  • Billing Clerk
  • Childcare Workers
  • Concierge
  • Court or Office Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Home Health & Personal Care Aids
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Insurance Appraiser
  • Loan Clerk/Counselor
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance & Repair Workers
  • Receptionists & Information Clerk
  • Transportation Inspectors

Earning your certificate through the Foundational Skills Program provides the essential skills you need to advance to higher learning in college and for success in any field. After earning your certificate, there are many other certificate and degree programs to explore at LBCC, which can lead to high-paying jobs and rewarding careers.

  • Automotive Glass Installers & Repairers
  • Automotive Master Mechanics
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians
  • Billing, Cost, & Rate Clerks
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Concierges
  • Correctional Officers & Jailers
  • Counter & Rental Clerks
  • Court Clerks
  • Credit Authorizers
  • Credit Counselors
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Data Entry Keyers
  • Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
  • Executive Secretaries & Executive Administrative Assistants
  • Forest & Conservation Technicians
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll & Timekeeping
  • Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
  • Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
  • Loan Counselors
  • Loan Interviewers & Clerks
  • Machinists
  • Medical Records & Health Information Technicians
  • Medical Secretaries
  • Office Clerks
  • Office Machine Operators, Except Computer
  • Payroll & Timekeeping Clerks
  • Police Patrol Officers
  • Receptionists & Information Clerks
  • Sailors & Marine Oilers
  • Secretaries & Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, & Executive
  • Security Guards
  • Ship Engineers
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors, & Searchers
  • Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
  • Transportation Vehicle, Equipment & Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
  • Word Processors & Typists
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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What is the format of the class?

When you take FS 600 & 605, you will meet weekly with an instructor in real time. These meetings may be in-person or online depending on what is offered. You will also access the class website on Canvas where you will find all the materials and information about the class. Your instructor will assign due dates, but since much of the work is completed online you can do so easily and conveniently within your own schedule. It is a good idea to complete all your assignments before your weekly meeting with the instructor, so that you can ask questions about any material that you did not understand.

Are there any material or book fees?

No, all materials are provided in the course by your instructor.

Do you have to be an LBCC student to take the class?

Yes. To register in the course, you must first enroll at the College. There are several steps you must complete. Please follow the steps described on page 11 of the LBCC Non-credit Catalog.

Is there a fee for the classes?

No. Our courses are non-credit and therefore have no tuition.

If I pass both classes, where/how do I get my certificate?

Your instructor will provide information on how to apply for your official LBCC certificate.

Can I take the classes more than once?

Yes. If you do not complete all the required learning modules for the class, you can continue to build your skills and complete the course by enrolling for the next session.

What can I do after I complete my Foundational Skills Certificate?

Upon completing the two courses, you can select from several options: enroll in the GED Preparation Program, enroll in entry-level credit math or English courses, or add this distinction to your resume and any job applications you complete. You can also explore further educational and career opportunities here at LBCC and elsewhere. We encourage you to go as far as you can!

Is attendance mandatory?

Yes. Students are required to attend class sessions to successfully complete the course.

What are the required materials?

Currently, you will need regular access to a computer or laptop and Wi-Fi access. Read Computer or Internet Support if you need help accessing the Internet. 

Whom can I contact for more information?

Emily Yasutomi 
Job Title: Faculty Instructional Specialist
Office Location: EE-206, Pacific Coast Campus
Phone Number: 562-938-3980