Weather Delay: Web classes and remote services will continue as scheduled. However, TMCC physical locations including the Child Care Center will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. Students and staff, see email for more information.

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FREE Learning Community

Faculty for Radical Empowerment and Enlightenment (FREE) is TMCC’s longest-running interdisciplinary theme-based learning community, operating continuously since its founding in 2003.

Learning communities—theme collaborations among cohorts of educators and students—are forums for shared social-emotional learning to deepen academic engagement. FREE is an example of a "laboratory" learning community, focusing on imaginative evolving student-centered themes to engage previously scheduled courses into big picture academics through a year-long series of events.

Involving approximately 200 students and 10 active cross-disciplinary faculty each year, FREE centers on holism. FREE is successful because we use existing institutional bureaucracy—class schedule and catalog curricula—to gather a ready-made critical mass of interdisciplinary students, professors, and community members into active, universally-relevant, interdisciplinary themes.