The Long Beach City College Reading and Teacher Preparation Department offer a variety of courses to help students successfully navigate the rigorous demands of college-level academic texts. Our classes focus on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and critical analysis and interpretation while students engage in individual and collaborative learning environments. Our program curriculum fosters critical and strategic reading and thinking to enhance student confidence, concentration, and understanding of the text in a variety of formats and genres. Our dedicated faculty empower students for success across academic disciplines, careers, and lifelong learning.

(Program Video: LBCC – Adult Education courses in Reading)


Adult Literacy, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Reading in the Health Sciences, Certificate of Completion (C-COMPL)

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Students who enhance their reading and critical thinking skills are desirable candidates for hire in various positions and careers.


Career options​ for students with skill in reading and comprehension include:

  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Archivist
  • Blogger
  • Book Reviewer
  • Book Store Proprietor
  • Content Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Novelist
  • Paralegal
  • Paraprofessional
  • Political Scientist
  • Proofreader
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Script Reader
  • Teacher 
  • Translator
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


What is college reading?

College-level reading can possess challenges to college students, from increased complexity and sophistication in vocabulary, syntax, and organization to increased levels of abstraction in the text written by academics. A college education is meant to expand and challenge, but the heightened tasks of textual comprehension may be daunting to any student. 

The reading process is not linear, and neither is its instruction. However, guiding students to improve their comprehension of text is both systematic and full of variety and creativity. Such balance in our reading courses includes research-based strategies that are always linked to meaning because mere decoding is not reading; “reading” is always a meaning-based thinking process spanning across all academic disciplines. 

At LBCC, reading courses are the essence of student support, hastening the achievement of students’ goals and dreams. The Reading and Teacher Preparation Department faculty encourage incoming students to take LBCC reading courses early in their program.

Why take college reading courses?

College reading courses develop and enhance connections to other content areas and real-world applications and foster a more positive relationship with reading. College reading courses improve critical thinking skills, college-level vocabulary, study skills, metacognition, reading fluency, and self-confidence.

What professional organizations should I consider joining?

Orange County Reading Association Logo

Orange County Reading Association (OCRA) is a professional organization of teachers, administrators, reading specialists, paraprofessionals, and others interested in the teaching of reading and the improvement of literacy at all levels.

California Reading Association Logo

California Reading Association (CRA) is a non-profit professional organization of educators who are actively involved in all aspects of reading and language arts education, from kindergarten through university levels.

International Literacy Association Logo

International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 128 countries.