Monday, June 23, 2008

New Full Time Friday class schedule announced

Gas prices are putting the pinch on everyone, but for college students it’s particularly tough. Volunteer State Community college is responding with a new set of classes this fall to help students save money and fit college into their busy lives. It’s called Full Time Friday. It’s a group of general education courses especially designed to take place on Fridays. Highly motivated students could take up to four classes, once a week and all in one long class day. With the hybrid online version of Full Time Friday students would only have to come to campus once a month.

“The gas crunch affects everybody across the board,” said Jana Allen, Interim Dean of Math and Science. “It’s a tremendous burden on students. We’re just trying to help any way we can.”

The general education classes offered under Full Time Friday are the building blocks for a University Studies degree in Humanities, the most popular program at Vol State. Full Time Friday will add more classes in upcoming semesters. Because the classes offered are general education they also apply as the foundation to many other programs on campus including: Allied Health, Business, Social Science and Education, and Math and Science.

The new class schedule isn’t just for full time students. Any of the Friday classes are available to all students who can benefit from the once a week format.

“We hope this can help the working adult student and stay at home moms,” said Phyllis Foley, Dean of Social Science and Education. “We may even have some traditional students who want to take advantage of this.”

The one day a week concept came about for practicality. The college has more classroom space available on Fridays and many businesses are shifting to a four day a week schedule. Daycare is an expensive part of education for parents. The one day a week traditional classroom format, or one day a month online hybrid format, can help parents cut child care costs while still attending school full time.

The Full Time Friday class schedule will be intense. For a student taking four classes those courses would start at 8 a.m. and not finish until after 9 p.m. Some of the classes this fall include College Algebra, English Composition I, Survey of American History, Fundamentals of Speech Communication and General Psychology.

“This isn’t for everybody,” said Dean Foley. “This is for hard working students who can handle a long day of learning and are self-motivated.”

Vol State also offers many courses in a Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday format, which is another way for students to save gas money while still taking a full time load.
Full Time Friday is so new it’s not currently listed in the college schedule; however the website does have a special listing with all of the Full Time Friday classes. Visit www.volstate.edu/Friday for more information. Students can get one-on-one help by calling the Office of Admissions at 615-230-3688 or by visiting in person at the Ramer Building on the Vol State campus.

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