Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC)
The TBLC program is a two-semester, full-time college credit initiative designed to transition Latino students (English learners) into college-level courses taught in English after the completion of the program. The program utilizes "learning communities" to provide students with critical financial, bilingual, and academic support services.
The goals are to: increase the enrollment of Latino English learners in Truman College's credit program; build and strengthen their English language skills and knowledge; learn the culture of higher education while supporting their bilingual identities and experiences; complete an A.A. or an A.S. degree; transfer to a four-year college and go on to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree.
- TBLC students successfully complete 94% of their courses; receive associate degrees at four times the rate of non-TBLC students; and they transfer with an associate degree in hand at seven times the rate of non-TBLC students.
- TBLC students who finished the two semesters (28 credits average) of the program have a compiled retention rate of almost 90% and an average GPA of 2.80. In contrast, half of all CCC students seeking degrees leave the system before completing their first 15 credit hours.
- From 2005 to 2010 the TBLC students who completed the program recorded an average persistence of 70% and an average of 2.80 GPA
- TBLC students had higher associate degree rates than their non-TBLC counterparts. They were four-times more likely than non-TBLC students to complete an associate degree and about 5 times more likely than non-TBLC Hispanic students to complete an associate degree.
- Fall 2013 we are launching the TBLC Stem Cohort. The goal of TBLC STEM COHORT is to prepare Latino students who are interested in an education and career within STEM fields for participation and academic success in college credit courses within two semesters.
This program was also honored in 2010, 2009 and 2008 as an Example of Excelencia Finalist.
Programs & Initiatives
- Ensuring America's Future (EAF)
- Examples of Excelencia
- Growing What Works Database
- Growing What Works
- ALASS: Accelerating Latino Student Success