First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs)

Take your learning out of the classroom.




What Are FYLCs?

Starting at a new school is never easy. That’s why Warner Pacific is committed to making sure that each first-year freshman student has a smooth transition to college and is immediately engaged.

To help create this environment, we established a cohort style of learning called First-Year Learning Communities.

By developing social support, strong study skills, and community building, our learning communities help our students flourish in their studies and activities on campus leading to increased academic performance and persistence to graduate.

How do FYLCs work?

Through a set of three linked core classes throughout a year, students are given the ability to connect learning with context and be curious about the world.

By experiencing Portland’s city and culture through hands-on learning and service, FYLCs invite students to broaden the sense of where learning and teaching happen. Sometimes the best lessons come from:

  • working on a cattle ranch
  • graffiti removal/abatement
  • visiting with a Portland Commissioner
  • serving in a community garden in a Food Desert
  • or just sharing a meal together.

Students will be challenged to not only write, but to write with purpose. They will begin to ask questions about justice, equality, and access and see how their education can make a difference.

Our dedicated faculty and upper-class peer mentors are committed to helping students succeed. In the end, we believe FYLCs will help establish a life-long curiosity about self, others, and responsibility in the world. We create a strong learning environment through access to campus resources, the city of Portland as text and context for learning, and the strong relationships built from a community of support.

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2016-17 FYLCs

There are seven different FYLC’s offered. So explore your options below and find the one that fits you the best. But hurry, because there are limited spots.

FYLC Boyz and Girlz buttonBoyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice & Neighborhood Change in Portland (HUM 160-LCI1)


FYLC-bike-buttonBicycles, Equity, and Race: Urban Mobility in PDX (HUM 162-LC2)


 Power, Privilege, and Identity: Developing Leaders in PDX (SOC 161-LC3)leader icon


Warner Pacific FYLC Rel 160Faith, Justice, and Portland: Advocating for Social Change in PDX (REL 160-LC4)


Food carts, farms and Freddies FYLC buttonFood Carts, Farms, and Freddy’s: Thinking about Eating in PDX (HUM 165-LC5)


FYLC Urban RezUrbanRez: Voices of Oppression & Strength in PDX (HUM 163-LC6)


FYLC live long and prosperLive Long and Prosper: Building Bridges to Wellness in PDX (HHK 160-LC7)