Program Level: Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Math & Engineering
Institute: Science & Technology
College: NVC

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About the Program

Did you know not all college algebras are the same class? Did you know you may not even need college algebra for your major? We are here to help you find and complete your math path at Northwest Vista College! In our DE Math program, our dedicated math faculty builds and strengthens individual students’ math skills, so that they can succeed in college level math classes as well as other classes, which require the use of math. We love numbers, but with us, you are not a number—we understand that you are an individual who has a plan to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. We know how to help you finish your math requirements and meet your goals.

In the hopes of getting you into your college level classes more quickly, and with a unique approach to math advising, we offer something unique. We offer different paths for different majors.

We encourage you to speak with any of the math faculty to investigate which path is right for you.

What is a Refresher

Math refreshers are designed to help you improve your math skills and take the placement test with renewed confidence. Refreshers are usually offered in a one-week format. You will work with a personalized computer program called ALEKS and will have an instructor available to answer whatever questions you have. This is ideal for students who have seen the material before, but just need a review. At the end of the last class you will take a placement test, which will tell you the exact course you are eligible to take. It may even be one of the college level choices! At the end of the refresher your instructor will guide you to your next step in the registration process which is group advising.

Note: You may choose to begin the ALEKS course outside of class to get a head start.

Keep in mind:

  • Your access to ALEKS only lasts for 6 weeks.
  • The initial assessment in ALEKS is a tool used to customize your learning plan. It is not the retest.
  • Only the final assessment in ALEKS will count as your retest grade.
  • The final assessment (retest) must be taken with your instructor on the last day of class.

Math Bill of Rights

  • I have the right to learn at my own pace and not feel put down or stupid if I am slower than someone else.
  • I have the right to ask whatever questions I have.
  • I have the right to need extra help.
  • I have the right to ask a teacher or tutor for help.
  • I have the right to not understand.
  • I have the right to say I do not understand.
  • I have the right to feel good about myself regardless of my abilities in math.
  • I have the right to view myself as capable of learning math.
  • I have the right to evaluate my math instructors and how they teach.
  • I have the right to relax.
  • I have the right to be treated as a competent person.
  • I have the right to dislike math.
  • I have the right to define success in my own terms. Don’t wait to enroll in math classes. Get started now! 

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Contact Us




Terry Riojas
Admin. Assistant



Hector Trevino
Math Faculty/Coordinator



Qiaoying Zhou
Academic Chair