Transitional Studies

The Transitional Studies Program at Greenville Technical College is designed for students who need refresher or upgrade courses in English, math, reading or ESL before taking college-level courses. These classes provide an excellent starting point for people who are serious about their educational futures.

Transitional courses are structured for students who score at or above the minimum entrance scores on either ASSET or COMPASS, but below program entrance requirements. Transitional students may be taking the course for the first time or may need refresher work after being out of school for an extended period of time.

Courses are offered in lecture, online and computer-based formats. To move into curriculum programs, transitional coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Students receive excellent instruction and support from instructors and are also encouraged to visit the Transitional Studies Tutoring or math and writing centers for extra help.

Title III project: Unlock your Future

Thanks to the US Department of Education Title III grant award, Greenville Technical College has implemented several initiatives called Unlock your Future to improve preparedness and success of students including redesigning all courses and providing early alert, academic coaching and tutoring for developmental studies students.

Program details and courses

Transitional Studies Options (PDF)

Developmental Disciplines – English

Two courses comprise the developmental English sequence: ENG 032 and ENG 100. Courses cover English grammar and introductory writing, allowing students to utilize a variety of learning styles including computer-based tutorials. Emphasis is placed on composition, punctuation, and word usage. Classes are offered in lecture and online formats, with an emphasis on active learning and critical thinking. 

Course descriptions
ENG 032
ENG 100

Developmental Disciplines – Math

Four classes comprise the developmental sequence in math: MAT 031, MAT 032, MAT 101, and MAT 102. By taking the placement test, students may place into any one of the four levels. Courses are designed to teach and strengthen basic math and algebra skills. The two basic math courses include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, measurement, signed numbers, workplace applications and one-step equations. The algebra courses include a review of arithmetic skills, linear equations, graphing, system of two equations, polynomials, linear inequalities, radicals and rational exponents, and rational expressions.

Course Descriptions
MAT 031
MAT 032
MAT 101  
MAT 102

The Math Center is available to help students solve problems in math courses, with locations on the Barton Campus (104 131), Benson Campus (201 203) and Brashier Campus (BR 133). No appointment is needed for the Math Center, and a schedule is posted on the door.

Developmental Disciplines – Reading

Two developmental reading courses are taught in lecture format with an emphasis on active learning: RDG 032 and RDG 100. Reading emphasizes vocabulary development and general comprehension skills, giving students the skills to read more efficiently, accurately, rapidly and effectively.

Practice is given on synthesizing the elements of readings with common themes. A particular emphasis is placed on reading across disciplines. Special attention is given to note-taking and reflecting on expository texts to promote active reading in later curriculum level course textbooks. Course skills also include time management, note/test taking, and listening skills.

RDG 032
RDG 100

 English as a Second Language (ESL)

Visit the ESL program page


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.