October 7, 2010 2:50 PM

Basic skills are barrier to success for many 2-year college students

The three petite, soft-spoken Latinas are all friends. They graduated from Grant High School here, are on one another's speed dial and share a preference for electric blue. All three are stuck in basic-skills courses at Los Angeles Valley College after bombing their college placement exams, in part because they had so little guidance about what would be tested.

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