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Making Time for Education

people looking at a laptopApril is Community College Month, so for this month’s post, I wanted to take some time to talk about the value and impact that community college can provide.

CCAC is known for a lot of things—for our career training programs in areas such as healthcare, criminal justice, paralegal, multimedia programming, simulation & gaming, film tech and culinary arts; for our well-established direct transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities; and for our affordability, high quality instruction, small class sizes, excellent supportive services and multiple locations throughout the county (and beyond).

But the thing I want to talk about most today is this: the availability of our courses and programs.

For working adults in particular, especially those with children or other familial responsibilities, it can be daunting to think about adding homework and classes to an already over-stuffed to-do list. For those with rigid or unpredictable job schedules, enrolling in college classes might even seem impossible.

But making the choice to take classes or work towards a degree or certificate can also be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences to pursue, not only in terms of career advancement and employability, but personally as well. And fortunately, there has never been a better time to go back to school.

The flexibility and accessibility of course offerings have always been top priorities at CCAC, but I am particularly pleased with where we are now in terms of the range of convenient program options available to students.
CCAC has long offered online classes and programs across a range of different majors and programs, but the benefits of the online classes bear repeating. Online classes are unmatched in terms of flexibility and can be completed anytime and from anywhere with a computer and internet connection.

CCAC currently offers 16 degree programs and 14 certificate and diploma programs that can be completed 100% online and an additional 26 degree programs and 12 certificate programs that can be completed mostly online. Between online application and enrollment, online payment and online classes, it’s possible to complete a degree at CCAC from wherever you are.

In addition to our online classes, we’ve recently expanded our options for degree and certificate options that can be completed entirely through evening classes, weekend classes or a combination of both. These programs run the gamut from two-year programs in high-demand Allied Health fields to certificate programs in Business, Arts & Humanities and STEM fields that can be completed by part-time students in as little as two, three or four semesters.
For those of you just starting out in the working world or looking to make a career change or pivot, certificate programs can be a particularly convenient way to learn valuable new skills and certifications quickly, which can put you in the running for job promotions or even open up new career options to explore.

There will always be demands on our time and energy. Some of these demands are necessary, some are worthwhile and some are neither of those things, but still manage to take up a lot of time or energy. Certainly, pursuing an advanced education is a demanding process. But it is a challenge I know you are equal to, and one well worth meeting.

Are you thinking about signing up for any online, evening or weekend classes this summer or fall? Reach out to me on Twitter at @QBpresCCAC and share your experiences!