A free online writing course will be offered to Mt. San Jacinto College students who need to improve their English skills, funded with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a college spokesperson said.
The Massive Open Online Course, "Crafting an Effective Writer: Language Tools," will be offered in late spring, through an online delivery system that links directly to the students' own desktops.
It was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to MSJC's Karin Marriott.
The course will be ideal for college bound, under-prepared students, current high school students and community members, Pat James, dean of MSJC's Distance Learning Program, said.
"We are honored to receive this grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," James was quoted saying in a news release.
"It will allow Mt. San Jacinto College to provide a course that will save students money and help them succeed in college or at work," James said.
"Of course, the class is free, so it saves money right away. But students who take the course will be able to pass assessment tests and place in higher-level English college courses.
"This will save them tuition dollars and accelerate their access to degree and transfer level college courses," James was quoted as saying.