Late-start classes keep Monarchs in the game

VALLEY LIFELINE – A new slate of classes gives students another opportunity at key courses.

By Kevin Buckles Jr., Editor in Chief
Valley College announced Friday that 35 “late-start” courses are now being offered for the second half of the spring semester.
The high-demand and University of California (UC)-/California State University (CSU)-transferable short-term courses will be offered online and on campus starting March 30 (Math) and April 13.

“[Adding the late-start classes] came about because our enrollments for the spring semester were a little lighter than we thought they were going to be,” said Valley President Erika Endrijonas. “So we decided that we would like to see if we added classes, if that would help meet our enrollment target, but it will also give students who maybe didn’t get into the class they wanted at the beginning of the semester, or started a class that didn’t quite work out, another opportunity to get into the class.”

The majority of the new offerings are general-education courses. There are five math, five biology, four English, and three history courses. In addition, 12 of the 35 classes will be available to take online for any Monarchs whose spring schedules may already be full.

“We’re attempting to help students meet their educational goals,” said Dean of Academic Affairs Rudy Besikof. “With the new academic year coming up in fall, students may be one or two classes from the next step. These courses will help.”

The classes were made available immediately after the Friday release for students already enrolled for the spring semester. Also, since the courses are part of the spring semester, no additional information regarding Financial Aid will have to be filled out for students who already completed their 2014-15 FAFSA application.

As for whether the late-start classes will become a biannual addition to Valley, President Endrijonas and Dr. Besikof both said that would be “ideal,” but nothing is definite.

“Going forward, every semester is different,” said Besikof. “But certainly, given that this is the first time in quite a long time that there’s been a dedicated second-half-of-the-semester offering of courses, we will certainly see how enrollments look and make a determination.”

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