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First Year Communities

First Year Communities at Inver Hills Community College provide students with a great way to learn together as a team. As a member of an FYC (First Year Community), you’ll be part of a group of students who have two courses in common. You’ll get a lot of support and resources that help you feel a sense of belonging at the college and help you to succeed in your first semester.

First Year Communities


Contact Information

Laura Funke

lfunke@inverhills.edu
651-450-3556

Kathryn Klopfleisch

kklopfleisch@inverhills.edu
651-450-3273

What's A First Year Community?

  • First Year Communities (FYCs) are pairs of classes.
  • Students take both classes together as a community.
  • One class is a First Year Experience course that fulfills students’ goal 2 requirement. The other class is a commonly taken first-semester course like English, economics, art, sociology, or business.
  • Students learn strategies to help them succeed in their first semester.

Why Should I Enroll In A First Year Community?

First Year Communities

  • Are led by experienced instructors who cooperate to support students.
  • Help you get to know other students since you take several classes together.
  • Make it easier to understand the course material and complete assignments.
  • Introduce you to a range of on-campus services.
  • Provide special activities and events.
  • Help you plan for your next semester and beyond.
  • Have no extra cost!

How Do I Enroll In A First Year Community?

  1. Follow the admissions process.
  2. Review which First Year Community would be a good fit for you. See courses tab above.
  3. Talk with an Inver Hills Advisor or Counselor.
  4. Register for a First Year Community during your Registration and Advising session.
Course Offerings

On Course Pairings

The chart below shows all courses that are paired with On Course (INTS 1000).

Course Time/ Day Credits Instructor Delivery Mode/ Location
ART 1114-61
Foundation Drawing 1
12:00-1:50 pm
MW
3 Kolomyski, Rob Blended/Hybrid
FA 130
INTS 1000-11
On Course
2:00-2:50 pm
MW
1 Foster, Vaughn Fully On-Campus
FA 290
 
COMM 1100-03
Interpersonal Communication
10:00-11:50 am
MWF
3 Zsohar, Amy Fully On-Campus
FA 294
INTS 1000-08
On Course
11:00-11:50 am
MW
1 Bietz, Nicole Fully On-Campus
FA 290
 
COMM 1110-01
Public Speaking
9:00-9:50 am
MWF
3 Manley, Brad Fully On-Campus
FA 294
INTS 1000-05
On Course
10:00-10:50 am
MW
1 Bietz, Nicole Fully On-Campus
FA 290
 
ENGL 1108-16
Writing and Research Skills
10:00-11:50 am
T,TH
4 Richter, Keith Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced
INTS 1000-06
On Course
9:00-9:50 am
T,TH
1 Berquist, Erik Fully On-Campus
FA 290
 
SOC 1100-02
Intro to Sociology
10:00-11:50 am
T,TH
4 Whitmore, Wayne Fully On-Campus
LA 131
INTS 1000-03
On Course
12:30-1:20 pm
T,TH
1 Berquist, Erik Fully On-Campus
FA 290

Online Success Strategies Pairings

The chart below shows all courses that are paired with Online Success Strategies (INTS 1102).

Course Credits Instructor Delivery Mode/ Location
BUS 1100-98
Intro to Business Applications and Computing
4 Kazaroony, Hamid Asynchronous Online
INTS 1102-94
Online Success Strategies
2 Maertens, Nate Asynchronous Online
 
ECON 1105-97
Principles of Macroeconomics
3 Staff Asynchronous Online
INTS 1102-95
Online Success Strategies
2 Klopfleisch, Kathryn Asynchronous Online
 
ENGL 1108-98
Writing and Research Skills
4 Synstelien, Wanda Asynchronous Online
INTS 1102-96
Online Success Strategies
2 Schmidt, LeAnne Asynchronous Online
 
PSYC 1101-97
Intro to Psychology
4 Finlayson, Janet Asynchronous Online
INTS 1102-97
Online Success Strategies
2 Parta, Jennifer Asynchronous Online
 
SOC 1100-98
Introduction to Sociology
4 Pendaz-Foster, Sadie Asynchronous Online
INTS 1102-98
Online Success Strategies
2 Whitmore, Wayne Asynchronous Online

Study Skills Pairings

The chart below shows all courses that are paired with Study Skills (STSK 1101).

Course Time/ Day Credits Instructor Delivery Mode/ Location
CHEM 1061-01
Principles of Chemistry 1
12:00-1:50 pm
T,H
5 Gingery, David Fully On-Campus
HH 317
CHEM 1061 (lab) 9:00-11:50 am
F
5 Gingery, David Fully On-Campus
HH 320
STSK 1101-01 College
Study Skills
9:00-10:50 am
T
2 Parker, Jennifer Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced
 
PSYC 1101-06
Intro to Psychology
12:00-1:50 pm
MW
4 Jon Jenson Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced
STSK 1101-02 College
Study Skills
11:00-11:50 pm
MW
2 Klopfleisch, Kathryn Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced

College Success Strategies Pairing

The chart below shows the course that is paired with College Success Strategies (INTS 1101).

Course Time/ Day Credits Instructor Delivery Mode/ Location
READ 0090-27
Intro to College Reading and Writing
12:00-1:25 pm
MWF
5 Dahlstrom, Greg Fully On-Campus
FA 194
INTS 1101-26
College Success Strategies
10:00-10:50 am
MW
2 MacDonald, Rachel Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced
 
EAP 0090-01
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing for English Learners
12:00-1:25pm
MWF
5 Pueschner, Beata Fully On-Campus
Room- To be announced
INTS 1101-27
College Success Strategies
10:00-10:50 am
MW
2 MacDonald, Rachel Fully On-Campus
Room-To be announced
Why Inver Hills?

Rosario Gutierrez

"The learning community has helped me in so many ways. Having two important classes aside from the main English 1108 class has helped me be more successful and confident."

- Rosario Gutierrez, A.A. with plans pursue nursing or hospitality

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