Full-time Fridays coming to San Jac College

August 21, 2008 1:49:16 PM PDT
In an effort to help ease the pain of high gas prices and other escalating costs, San Jacinto College will introduce "Full-time Fridays" beginning this fall at the south campus."Full-time Fridays" is a set of general education classes offered solely on Fridays. Highly motivated students can take up to four classes, once a week, in one long class day. The idea behind the program is to help students save money by coming to campus only once a week, and to serve as a means to fit college into their busy lives. All student services, such as tutoring, counseling, advising, and the cafeteria, will be available to "Full-time Fridays" students. All of the "Full-time Fridays" classes will be held in the Interactive Learning Center.

"The College always looks for ways to make education more accessible and convenient for our students, many of whom juggle busy lives and jobs as they pursue higher education," said Kathryn Roosa, South campus Interim Vice President for Instruction.

The College is guaranteeing that no courses in the "Full-time Fridays" program will be cancelled for low enrollment. Students interested in participating in "Full-time Fridays" should register for four courses from the list below:

    Time Courses
    8:30 a.m. ? 11:20 a.m. HIST 1301 / CRN 14053 GOVT 2301 / CRN 10980
    12 p.m. ? 2:50 p.m. ENGL 1301 / CRN 13976 SPCH 1315 / CRN 15407
    3 p.m. ? 5:50 p.m. MATH 0306 / CRN 15400 MATH 1314 / CRN 15401
    7 p.m. ? 9:50 p.m. DRAM 2366 / CRN 15405 PSYC 2301 / CRN 15406
Students do not have to enroll in all four classes, but the schedule provides a better opportunity to complete 12 credit hours by attending class one day per week from 8:30 a.m. to just before 10 p.m. "Full-time Fridays" also affords students the chance to maintain full-time status by taking all four Friday-only courses. Breaks are built in to the schedule between classes so that students can have a meal or study.

The idea for "Full-time Fridays" came to Roosa after she heard a National Public Radio report about Volunteer State Community College's efforts to launch a similar program this fall in Tennessee. San Jacinto College will be one of a few community colleges in the country to offer the program.

While this may not be the program for everyone, Roosa feels it may help lower transportation costs for those students who have a longer commute to San Jacinto College, those who must find child care, or those whose employers are going to four-day workweeks.

Registration for the fall semester is now underway on each San Jacinto College campus and online at www.sanjac.edu. For more information about San Jacinto College, please visit the website or call 281-998-6150.

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