Starting this fall, Washington State Community College will expand evening class options.
The college is launching the new Evening Edvantage program which aims to increase access to education for adults who wish to obtain an associate’s degree in business management or a certificate in accounting or automation technician.
The program is designed to accommodate people who must work by day and learn by night.
Dean of Student Success Kathy Temple-Miller said the college was very intentional with course and program selection for Evening Edvantage. The WSCC has focused on high-demand areas that will provide students with in-demand skills.
“It’s more than just offering evening classes,” said Temple-Miller. “We were very deliberate in our selection. We have created pathways that will train students for new careers as well as established workers. And we’ve done it in a way that these students can keep their day jobs while they earn a certificate or degree that will help them transition into in-demand careers.
She explained that industry-recognized degrees are also integrated into each of these pathways, which will help make students even more employable.
Temple-Miller said that because all three tracks lead to a certificate or diploma, they are eligible for financial aid. For convenient scheduling, all evening Edvantage courses will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. As an added benefit of evening learning, courses are only eight weeks long, allowing students to take two course every semester during the 16-week semester. Temple-Miller explained that the shorter sessions allow students to be enrolled as full-time students and stay on track to complete their degree or certificate on time.
Classes for the Accounting Certificate will be delivered in a blended format, meaning students will meet face-to-face two days a week, combined with the required online learning. In addition to the accounting certificate, students will also earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Word Associate credential.
Students who enroll in the Associate’s Degree in Business Management track will, like the certificate programs, take blended courses for the first year. The second year, however, after having had a full year of experience with e-learning, will be completed online. Industry credentials built into this program include: Microsoft Office Specialist: Word Associate and Excel Associate; and NCSA Certified Customer Service Professional.
With the automation technician program, Temple-Miller said these courses will be offered in a slightly different way from accounting and business management.
She said these classes will be conducted entirely in person, with the exception of an online English class. Industry credentials incorporated into this program are: OSHA 10, Certified Production Technician (MSSC), SolidWorks and FANUC Handling Tools.
Temple-Miller noted that students enrolled in accounting and automation technician certificate programs can apply those courses to an associate’s degree and graduate in two additional semesters.
“Moving from a certificate to an associate degree can result in significantly higher salary offers,” she says.
Fall classes begin August 15, however, registration for the summer and fall semesters opens April 4. Because Edvantage evening class sizes are limited, Temple-Miller encouraged interested applicants to contact admissions immediately.
She added that registering early will allow enough time to get financial aid in place.
For questions or to request additional information, contact admissions at 740.568.1900.