Student Responsibilities

We'll help you stay on track with mentor check-ins, field trips, tutoring, group activities, and more.  

  • Call or visit designated Madaba (mentor) at least twice per month to discuss school progress and/or concerns
  • Attend at least one cultural and one university field trip each semester
  • See an academic counselor at least twice per semester.
  • Notify counselors and Madaba mentors of any changes in class schedule, units, phone number or address
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by El Camino College
  • Participate in all appropriate Umoja-Project Success assessment activities
  • Complete two hours of math tutoring per week
  • Participate in the program continually until graduation or transfer to a four-year college or university

Enroll in Learning Community Courses

Students in Umoja-Project Success are required to enroll in learning community courses for the fall and spring semesters during the first two years in the program (courses subject to change). Descriptions of the course material are as follows:


Library Information Science 1
Introduction to Library Information Science (1 unit)
This course acquaints students with the organization of libraries and their resources, enabling them to develop strategies for library research. Students will learn how to locate and evaluate the traditional and electronic types of library materials, how to document resources, and how to prepare a bibliography. Students will also acquire proficiency in the use of informational technology in order to understand the full potential of library resources.

English 1A

Reading and Composition (4 units)
This course is designed to strengthen the student's ability to read with understanding and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently, and to write clearly. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to write an essay in which each paragraph relates to a controlling idea, has an introduction and a  conclusion, and contains primary and secondary support. College-level reading material will be assigned to provide the stimulus for class discussion and writing assignments, including a required research paper.

English 1AS
Reading and Composition Support (2 units, noncredit)

This is a supplemental writing course taught in conjunction with English 1A. Students receive instruction in the basic elements of the college essay and receive additional support for topics covered in English 1A. The content of Noncredit English 1AS, a noncredit course, is identical to the content of English 1AS, a credit course. Noncredit English 1AS shall be offered with English 1AS as a dual-roster course.

Human Development 110

Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (3 units)
This course provides an exploration of cognitive, psychological, social and physical factors influencing success in college and in life. Topics include personal responsibility, critical thinking, motivation, self-efficacy, self-awareness, lifelong learning, self-management, health and wellness, interpersonal communication in a diverse world, and educational planning.

Ethnic Studies 1

Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units)
This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction and analysis of ethnic groups in the United States. Various theories and perspectives will be examined to better comprehend the effects of institutional racism, marginalization, socio-economic and political discrimination, and ethnocentrism on American ethnic and racial groups.


English 1C
Critical Thinking and Composition (3 units)
This course focuses on the development of critical-thinking skills. Students will apply these skills to the analysis of written arguments in various forms and genres, both classic and contemporary, and to the writing of effective persuasive essays. Students will learn to evaluate and interpret data, to recognize assumptions, to distinguish facts from opinions, to identify and avoid logical fallacies, to employ deductive and inductive reasoning, and to effectively assert and support argumentative claims.

Math 150

Elementary Statistics with Probability (4 units)
The focus of this course is the basic practice of statistics, including descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and the role probability plays in statistical analysis. Students calculate and interpret various descriptive statistics using graphing calculators with statistical testing capabilities and statistical software, as well as by hand. Major topics include methods of data collection and simulation; measures of central tendency, variability, and relative position; graphical summaries of data; linear regression and correlation; distributions, including normal and binomial distributions; probability theory; and inferential statistical methods. Students choose, justify, use, and interpret the results of inferential techniques, such as confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, goodness of fit, analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests.

Math 150S

Elementary Statistics Support (1 unit)
This course is designed to support students concurrently enrolled in Elementary Statistics (Math 150). As needed, students review core skills and topics necessary to meet the Elementary Statistics student learning outcomes and objectives. Students explore strategies and habits used by successful independent learners. Topics reviewed in this support course may include: concepts from arithmetic, pre-algebra, elementary and intermediate algebra, and descriptive statistics that are needed to understand the basics of college-level statistics.

Human Development 105

Career and Life Planning (1 unit)
This course provides an introduction to career and life planning, including an exploration of core values, skills, personality traits, life stages and experiences. Students will develop a career and life plan by applying career planning techniques and decision-making strategies. Emphasis will be placed on awareness of psychological, sociological, and physiological factors related to career and life satisfaction.

Psychology 10

African American Psychology (3 units)
This course is an introduction to the psychological issues related to the African American experience in the United States. The relationship between the African American experience and social perception, social cognition, and identity and attitude formation is emphasized. Individual cognitive styles, personality development, and family structures of African Americans will also be examined.


History 110
The African American in the United States to 1877 (3 units)
This course is a survey of the United States to 1877 with particular emphasis on the role of African Americans in shaping American society. The contributions of African Americans to the economic, political, social, and cultural development of the nation will be examined.


Political Science 1
Governments of the United States and California (3 units)
This course is a survey of the concepts, theories, and functions of the American political system. The basic principles of the United States Constitution and the government of California will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the formal and informal influences of federalism on national and state governments.


History 111
The African American in the United States from 1877 to the Present (3 units)
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from 1877 to the present with particular emphasis on the role of African Americans in shaping American society. The contributions of African Americans to the American society as a whole will also be examined.