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The Reading department at Inver Hills offers courses that teach the study and academic skills that will help you succeed in college and your future career. Courses cover topics such as critical reading, reading college texts, and college reading and writing.

Contact Information

Kristin Conrad
Reading Instructor

Kim Elvecrog
Reading Instructor

Admissions Team
College Center

Reading is crucial

Here are 11 reasons why

  • Reading is fundamental to your success in society.
  • Reading is your most valuable skill in any career.
  • Reading develops your mind.
  • Reading leads you to discover new things.
  • Reading launches your imagination.
  • Reading sparks your creative side.
  • Reading defines your self-image.
  • Reading improves your vocabulary and spelling.
  • Reading brings you great ideas.
  • Reading is your hallmark of freedom.
  • Reading is about words, the building blocks of your life.
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Course Descriptions

READ 0090  Introduction to College Reading and Writing   5.0 cr

Introduces the beginning college student to the demands of college reading and writing through the close study of representative college textbook material and the production of short essays and other informal writing. Includes a review of English grammar and vocabulary development. Intended for students whose college assessment results suggest that further development of reading and writing skills would be beneficial. Prerequisites: Placement into READ 0090 as recommended by IHCC assessments.

READ 0093  Reading College Texts   3.0 cr

Focuses on developing the reading and study strategies necessary for success in a typical college course. Emphasizes strategies for improving understanding of what is read as well as strategies for selecting, organizing, and remembering. Also encourages development of skills and habits for lifelong learning. Intended for students who need to improve college-level reading and textbook study. Prereq: Placement into READ 0093 as recommended by IHCC assessments or completion of READ 0090 or EAP 90 with a grade of C or better.

READ 0094  Reading Workshop   3.0 cr

Challenges students to improve general and college reading skills through development of fluency and vocabulary. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a college-level vocabulary, improving reading rate, expanding background knowledge for college reading, and the role of reading in academic, public, and private life. Intended for the student who needs to improve college-level reading skills. Prerequisites: Placement into READ 0094 as recommended by IHCC assessments or completion of READ 0090 or EAP 90 with a grade of C or better.

READ 1100  Introduction to Critical Reading   3.0 cr

Helps students develop informed responses to college-level texts. Gives students practice in analyzing and synthesizing college-level texts to find implied meaning and draw informed conclusions. Intended for students interested in improving higher-level skills in a challenging academic setting.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Reading course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Reading faculty
  2. You will build the college-level reading skills you need to advance your education and career
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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