In response to a recent survey of the region’s homeschool community, HCC has developed four STEM courses that will provide curriculum in algebra, geometry, life science/biology, and chemistry.
Each course consists of an online, self-paced program with a hands-on learning lab component. Courses will be aligned with the academic fall and spring calendars, and run for a total of 30 weeks.
Students work through lessons and materials online at their own pace. Each week, students will meet on campus for experiential learning in the HCC’s science labs and/or educational spaces, with experienced faculty supporting the online content.
The algebra class is suggested for grades 8 and 9. Life sciences/biology classes are suggested for grades 7 and 8. Labs will meet on Thursdays during the year. Geometry and chemistry, for grades 9 and 10, will meet on Tuesdays. Parents are advised to click on the class information to determine if the class is a good fit for the progress level of each student.
|Course||Class||Lab Day||Lab Time||Lab Location||Tuition||Fee||Total Cost|
|Algebra||Online||Thursday||1 p.m. - 3 p.m.||STC-170||$325||$50||$375|
|Life Sciences||Online||Thursday||10 a.m. - 12 p.m.||STEM-504||$325||$100||$425|
|Geometry||Online||Tuesday||10 a.m. - 12 p.m.||STEM-504||$325||$75||$400|
|Chemistry||Online||Tuesday||1 p.m. - 3 p.m.||STC-170||$325||$125||$450|
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Charles Coffin received an associate degree in biology from HCC. During his time as a student at HCC, he as a peer tutor for the Learning Support Center, where he discovered a passion for helping students in math and science. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Frostburg State University. He currently works at HCC as an adjunct instructor of mathematics and Learning Support Specialist for STEM programs. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in molecular biology.
Quotes from previous students:
“Charles is a great teacher. I’ve always been bad at learning math and he’s been able to teach in a way I understand. Because of that I’ll seek him out on all math related courses!”
“Mr. Coffin is one of the best math teachers I have ever had. He is the only reason I am really understanding the material.”
“Mr. Coffin is an excellent teacher. He describes and explains math in a way that is easy to understand. He is very understanding and willing to help and explain terms or problems when I get confused. He makes math fun!”
Danette Sigler holds an associate degree in mathematics from HCC, and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Shepherd University and Secondary Education-Mathematics from Towson University. As an adjunct instructor at HCC, she provides instruction for GED math and science at the Washington County Family Center, has taught MAT 095-Foundations of Reasoning and Statistics and MAT 090-Foundations of Algebra, helped residents of Brooke’s House prepare for the TABE placement test, strengthened math skills of Math Boot Camp students to begin their college careers, and is a certified TABE test proctor. In addition, she is a business consultant for Sigler and Associates, and was previously assistant vice president at First National Bank of Maryland in Greenbelt, Md.
Quote from previous student:
“When I was in high school, math was always my strongest subject. Up until my senior year, I was getting A’s in all of my math classes. After passing introduction to statistics with a “C,” I was very disappointed in myself. After three semesters at HCC, I signed up to take Math-095. I was a little nervous because of previously taking introduction to statistics. Professor Sigler was a great mentor in this class and she helped me pass the class with an overall grade of 92%. I just finished Math-109 as a prerequisite for the R.N. program. I strongly believe Prof Sigler is the reason I have passed that class with a grade of an “A” as well. Taking Prof Sigler’s class was one of the best decisions I have made, as she has helped to explain many questions that previous math instructors of mine have not been able to!”