Changes to Winter Session Schedule Make Classes More Convenient

by Johnnie Johnson


Winter sessions now have been pushed back to avoid overlap with the spring semester, allowing more students to enroll in winter sessions. The winter class schedule at WCC has gone through a transformation in the last couple of years.

Winter session classes at WCC offer students a chance to earn three credits in three weeks. According to the WCC website, winter session benefits are a single course focus, small class sizes and intensive learning. As far as academic excellence, there is no difference between winter, fall or spring semesters, according to WCC’s website.

Students can take winter session classes on-campus or online. Class subjects include psychology, journalism, history, and even physical education.

According to WCC’s website, winter session classes are a great way for students to get ahead of their studies. Students from other colleges can also take advantage of the winter session while on break from their programs.

In the past, winter classes started in the first week of January and as a result, would overlap with the first week of the spring semester. This discouraged students from taking winter classes.

“Students and teachers were overloaded with two semesters going on at the same time,” said Eric Luther, Curriculum Chair for Communications and Media Arts. “I’m sure it affected grade and attendance reporting.”

With this change to the schedule, the hope is that more students are going to be willing to take winter classes without having to worry about the schedule overlapping into the spring semester.

“We had students that took winter classes and spring classes last year, so as far as we know it worked,” said Dr. Ruben Barato, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management.  Dr. Vanessa Morest, Vice President of Academic Affairs, spoke positively of the change in the schedule.

“It’s working for a lot of students. For students who can learn that way and benefit from it, it’s a great fit. It’s a good opportunity to move your education forward during a time frame when there may not normally be something going on,” Morest said.  “It’s a way of allowing students to balance their time and to keep their education going throughout the year.”

However, not every student wants to take winter classes. Those students who are interested have to be willing to take it and to be able to handle the pressure of a three-week course.

“Well, it’s a lot of work in three weeks. I think anyone who takes a three-week course needs to be perfectly clear with themselves that they can do this,” Luther said. “A student has to ask themselves not only can I do this but will I. A student really needs to know themselves and their study habits.”

Any students who are interested in taking winter classes should look into details about the course that they want to take. If they are concerned, they should talk to their curriculum chair and advisor to ask for their opinion on whether or not they should be taking that course in the winter.

Winter class registration began on Oct. 18, 2017, late fee enrollment period starts Dec. 21 and ends on the day of class instruction which will begin on Dec. 26. Classes for this semester run to Jan. 12.     

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