The Mathematics Program at WCTC offers all students an opportunity to strengthen their workplace and classroom number skills. Math is embedded in every program of study at WCTC. Our Mathematics Instructor supports individual Program Instructors with special lesson plans and activities, as needed. Program Instructors refer struggling students for tutoring when additional support is warranted.
For students planning to attend a technical or community college in Maine after graduation, we administer the Accuplacer Exam. This assessment is used to determine if freshmen possess the skills needed to succeed in college-level Math and English classes. Our Mathematics and Literacy Instructors provide flexible tutoring and testing support for seniors seeking to improve their Accuplacer scores.
The Mathematics Program supports up to (20) students with academic instruction in several high-school mathematics topics including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Practical Math and Advanced Math. Priority is given to seniors who are passionate about participating in a WCTC Program but need academic math credits to meet their high school graduation requirements. Students in some programs will not able to study academic math at WCTC because of scheduling conflicts; for example, students in the CNA Program are already stretched to meet state training standards and attend clinicals. Note: Academic credit is only available with the approval of school guidance counselors.
Students who study math for credit at WCTC must be responsible, reliable and self-motivated. We spend the first quarter of each school year reviewing and rebuilding foundational skills – especially positive and negative number operations, fractions, decimals and percents. We work in small, flexible groups using workbooks and an internet-based system called IXL. Instruction is provided via direct and indirect coaching, without textbooks or formal lectures.
Most students who study math at WCTC start out hating math. After rebuilding some basic skills, students begin to realize that it’s failure that they hate, not math. After learning to do math in their heads, students start to develop confidence. The WCTC Mathematics Program helps students discover what they CAN do, not what they CAN’T do with math.
Students taking Advanced Math begin with an Algebra review to deepen their understanding of linear and exponential functions, factoring polynomial expressions, solving systems of equations and graphing. Additional topics include trigonometry, statistics and probability.
Algebra is math with variables – numbers whose actual values are not yet known. The ability to calculate with the unknown makes algebra essential for science, business and everyday problem solving in a variety of fields.
The term geometry is derived from two Greek words that mean “to measure the Earth.” The great irony is that the most basic building block in geometry, the point, has no measurement at all. Students must accept that a point exists in order to have lines and planes, because lines and planes are made up of an infinite number of points.
Practical Math is for students who have high levels of math anxiety and find performing simple, routine computations an insurmountable challenge. We work carefully to find a solid skill base and correct misunderstandings.