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Applied Education

Common Questions

If APLED is not an academic discipline, why does SCC have a department to teach these classes?

The purpose of the applied education courses is to prepare students for careers rather than only entry-level jobs. This means that students are introduced to courses outside of their core area of study. These courses focus on skills and competencies in the areas of communication, problem-solving, human relations/leadership, responsibility, and global awareness. A panel of representatives from state and local businesses and industries identified these skills and competencies, which they deemed necessary for success on the job. This group met with representatives from the vocational/technical division faculty and developed the APLED curriculum in 1994.

Communication, problem-solving, human relations/leadership, responsibility, and global awareness are an integral part of each of the four main APLED courses, and are especially emphasized in each class where applicable, as shown in the table below. The Applied Education department is the service group whose faculty teach these courses.

Recurring feedback from industry representatives allows us to make periodic and necessary changes to the curriculum in order to meet the ever-changing challenges of, and changes in, today's workplace. Students enrolled in local high schools may earn 3 to 6 credits in APLED classes. See: Articulation Agreements.

In addition to the competencies developed in 1994, students are introduced to hands-on experience with personal computers in courses that emphasize written communication. Students also become familiar with other forms of electronic communication. See: ANGEL.


 Skills:Emphasized in: 
 Clarify (Argumentation)APLED 121, 123 
 Image (Personal/Corporate)APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Verbal CommunicationsAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Listening SkillsAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Written communications/Technical ReportsAPLED 121, 123, 125 
 Oral Presentation SkillsAPLED 121, 123, 125 
 Convey IdeasAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Research Methods
APLED 121, 123, 125 

Problem Solving

 Skills:Emphasized in: 
 ComputationsAPLED 112 
 Math/ArithmeticAPLED 112 
 Logical ReasoningAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Conflict ResolutionAPLED 123 
 Electronic Communication
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 

Human Relations/Leadership

 Skills:Emphasized in: 
 Personal characteristicsAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Professionalism/Work EthicsAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 TeamworkAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Interpersonal CommunicationsAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 


 Skills:Emphasized in: 
 Come to class prepared and on timeAPLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Develop leadership skillsAPLED 112, 121, 123 
 Find employment and develop a network
APLED 123, 125 

Global Awareness

 Skills:Emphasized in: 
 Recognize how cultural diversity,
    gender, and other differences
    impact the workplace in a positive way
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Demonstrate understanding and openness
    towards another point of view
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
 Understand and apply business and
    industry expectations regarding written
    and oral communication
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125 
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If APLED is not an academic discipline, then how many students does the department teach during a typical school year?

APLED faculty typically teaches from 1,000 to 1,200 students each school year. This number is, of course, dependent upon enrollment in the various departments whose students must complete one or more of the APLED courses.

Why am I required to take these APLED classes when they are not directly related to my core area of study?

With a growing emphasis on teamwork and customer service, fueled by increased competition, business owners have realized that written and verbal communications are the cornerstones of their success. That is, employees must be able to communicate among themselves as well as with their supervisors and the public. When you speak to someone or you write a letter to a customer, you are selling yourself first. You cannot sell yourself (and your company or its products or services) without good communication.

What is your attendance policy regarding APLED classes?

In response to concerns by business leaders that we help prepare students for the realities and requirements of long-term employment and meaningful careers, APLED faculty adopted the following department-wide attendance policy: Each student is allowed three days absence for each scheduled class. NOTE: These absences should be used for emergencies only. Beginning on the fourth day of absence, points will be deducted from the student's final grade according to a formula based on the number of days attended divided by the number of scheduled class days. A student's grade will be multiplied by this attendance factor to determine his or her final grade. Absences beyond the three-day limit may be excused but must be based on compelling, verifiable reasons such as a doctor's note or other third-party documentation.

For more information....

For more information:

Dennie Carlson, APLED Department Chair
(509) 533-7339

Spokane Community College
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
For general information call:
509-533-7000 or
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