Only 64 Fridays stand between students and an Associate in Arts degree!
SALISBURY, N.C. — This spring, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is trying something new. In order to better serve students, the College is piloting a non-traditional way for students to achieve their educational goals.
The College has organized compelling course offerings into a schedule that will allow students to only come to campus on Fridays to earn a degree. In fact, students have the potential to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.), a two-year degree equipped to transfer to any of the four-year state universities, in as little as 64 Fridays.
“Through conversations with students and local employers, we found that employers might not be able or willing to adjust their employees’ schedules to take off multiple days or time periods each week to go to school. However, the idea of adjusting schedules to allow for a single free day is more appealing to employers and employees alike,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus.
Most of the classes are set up in a hybrid format which basically allows students to do some work independently at their convenience outside of the classroom on the computer via Blackboard, and optimizes their time on campus. The schedule also provides some offerings exclusively online.
“We believe – as do many of our students, judging from the courses’ popularity – that hybrid options provide the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Rod Townley, vice president of academic programs. “You still get the face-to-face interaction that helps many students fully learn, but students don’t waste unnecessary time on campus doing assignments, lectures or readings simply while sitting next to their peers. Students can adjust their busy schedules to do this work when it is most convenient for them.”
These Friday-only classes are available at both North and South Campuses and online.
“Classes essentially meet every other Friday,” said Townley. “The schedule is designed so that one has a full schedule on Fridays throughout the sixteen-week semester. One Friday a student will have one set of classes, and the next Friday will offer another set of classes.”
Spring classes begin Monday, January 13, 2014. Registration is now underway and ongoing through Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Hosting day, evening, weekend and online classes, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a strong foundation and transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and helps adults get the additional training they need to start, change or advance careers. From the 18 year-old high school graduate looking for an economical solution for their first two years of college to the adult pursuing GED completion courses or English-as-a-Second-Language classes – Rowan-Cabarrus has it all.
“We are doing our very best to bring education to the students. It’s our ‘meet them where they are philosophy,’” said Spalding. “While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn 14 degrees entirely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening, online and at multiple locations across the College’s service area.”
Rowan-Cabarrus is an affordable option with credits costing only $71.50 per credit hour – meaning that a semester’s worth of tuition could cost around $1,000. Enrolling at Rowan-Cabarrus has never been easier; students may apply online at www.rccc.edu/apply2014. Registration is also online, however, the College provides on-campus support sessions to assist with the process (www.rccc.edu/registrationsupport). Rowan-Cabarrus urges prospective students to complete the application process now.
Additionally, financial aid assistance through the federal government takes time to process, so prospective students should act as soon as possible if they’re planning to utilize this assistance. For complete details, see the Rowan-Cabarrus website at www.rccc.edu/recordsregistration/ or stop in to the College’s one stop center, Navigation Station.
While the College will be closed for winter break for construction projects beginning Dec. 20, the Rowan-Cabarrus Navigation Station call center will be open to assist students by phone, with admissions, testing, advising, registration and financial aid. Please see the homepage at www.rccc.edu for days and hours of call center operations.
For more information about the Friday A.A. degree program at Rowan-Cabarrus, including a sample schedule, please visit www.rccc.edu/friday or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).