First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs)

Take your learning out of the classroom.




What Are FYLCs?

Starting at a new school is never easy. Whether it’s your first time leaving home or you’ve already become a seasoned pro, everyone could use help adjusting to this life change.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 and strong study skills, our learning communities help our students flourish leading to a greater sense of belonging, academic success, and the 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 with a community of support.

FYLC Faculty
FYLC Peer Mentors

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Warner Pacific FYLCs featured in Campus Connect

First Year Learning Community Serving Opportunities


2017-2018 FYLCs

There are seven different FYLCs offered, so explore your options below and find the one that fits you best. But hurry, because spots are limited!

FYLC Boyz and Girlz buttonBoyz n Girlz in the Hood: Justice & Neighborhood Change in Portland (HUM 160-LC1)


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


leader iconFrom Oppression to Liberation: Voices on the Streets of PDX (HUM 164-LC3)


UrbanRez: Voices of Oppression & Strength in PDXFYLC Urban Rez (HUM 163-LC4)


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


FYLC whats on your playlistWhat’s on Your Playlist?: Music & Justice in PDX (MUS 160-LC6)


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


Transfer Student Learning Community


Warner Pacific FYLC Rel 160Spirituality, Character, and Service (REL 320-XFR)