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The Bard College course at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) offers students an opportunity to "try on" an authentic college experience before transitioning to a longer-term educational institution. The Bard College Program at LAYC offers college-level humanities courses to individuals ranging in ages from 17-30.

LAYC Bard College course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

LAYC Bard College course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

Topics of Study

The course in Humanities is a free, six-credit college level course that will introduce students to some of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, and artists. The following subjects are studied:

  • Literature and Poetry
  • Critical Thinking & Writing
  • American History
  • Art History
  • Moral Philosophy

Criteria for Admission:

  • There is no age limit, but participants must be at least 17 years old and seniors in high school;
  • Have the ability to read and write in English;
  • Belong to a low-income household;
  • Be willing to consistently attend classes, do assignments, and complete the course; and
  • Have or be on track to complete a High School Diploma or GED.

Program Benefits

  • Experience a college-level course taught by top-level college instructors;
  • Earn six credits from Bard College that are transferable to other colleges;
  • Study masterpieces in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, and art;
  • Join with like-minded students in a supportive, non-judgmental environment; and
  • Get special instruction in writing.


This is a free course. If applicants are accepted into the course, all costs, including tuition, books, transportation and childcare, will be provided.

Class Schedule

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting September 2016 and running through May 2017, with holiday breaks.


Classes are held at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009. (202) 319-2225.

Application Process

The Bard College Clemente Course will start accepting applications May 2016, please download document below.

Download PDF Application.

Contact Information

For more information, call the College Access Office at (202) 780-4436.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 13:17