First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs)

Take your learning out of the classroom.




What Are FYLCs?

Warner Pacific FYLCs featured in Campus ConnectStarting 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, learning communities have been proven to increase overall retention and academic performance.

How do FYLC’s work?

Through a set of two 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.

2014-15 FYLCs

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

Warner Pacific FYLC HHK-160X-Web-Graphic
HUM-150X-Web-Graphic SOC-161X-Web-Graphic
REL-161X-Web-Graphic HUM-161X-Web-Graphic
HUM160X-Web-Graphic BUS-160X-Web-Graphic

Download the 2014-15 FYLC Information Sheet.

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