PCC course preps ECU students for college algebra

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An average of 15 percent of ECU freshmen are enrolled in remedial math classes each year.

A partnership with PCC is proving a success for getting students back on track.

Katalin Szucs’s teaches remedial math to students in the developmental math initiative.

A course set up by Pitt Community College and ECU to help students prepare for college algebra.

“These students place into the course by the placement test and hopefully by the time they finish the course they will be doing well in the next follow-up course,” explained Kaitlin Szucs.

“In geometry I had, my teacher was always absent,” said Alexandria Gunter. “And junior year, I had algebra 2. My teacher was always absent. So we had to teach ourselves. And I can’t really teach math to myself.”

Students like Gunter only missed placement by one point on her test, but said she’s glad she has to take the class.

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing ‘cause, I mean, I need to know,” she said. “I’d rather pass this and then pass my regular math class than fail that.”

Thursday, the lesson was quadratic equations and expressions. So, I took to the board to see where I am on the math scale.

It’s not as easy as it looks.

Szucs said 75 percent of students successfully complete the course.

Alexandria said, through the course, she’s learned more than she expected.

“She finally told me the reason that we learn math,” said Gunter. “No math teacher has ever told me why and it’s because it helps your outside of life.”

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