Spring break is upon us. For those who haven’t attended college for a while that means that first eight-week mini-session classes ended last week and second eight-week mini-session classes begin March 13. Robeson Community College, like many other colleges across the state and nation, attempts to offer flexible scheduling to meet the needs of today’s diverse society. In addition to eight-week mini-sessions, the college also offers online classes and a hybrid mix of classes that meet both face-to-face and online, as well as traditional classes that meet face-to-face for the 16-week long semester.
Registration and new student orientation will be held this week for the second eight-week mini-session that begins March 1. Students will be beginning college for the first time in the middle of March, a concept that will be foreign to many who attended college more than five or 10 years ago.
Many preparatory steps go into the admissions process, including filling out an application, obtaining transcripts from prior high school and college work, and meeting with an admissions counselor. It often takes some time to complete these steps, but if you are interested in taking a class during the second eight-week session, contact our admissions office. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to enroll next week. If not, it’s certainly not too soon to begin preparing for enrollment in summer classes which begin in the latter half of the month of May.
Many college students who went away to four-year schools last fall will be home in the next couple of weeks for spring break. If you know of such a student, remind him or her that Robeson Community College, under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the UNC system, offers university transfer courses that students can take in the summer and transfer back to their home institution for credit. The same opportunity is available for almost all students attending private colleges under separate articulation agreements with those schools. Students can use this opportunity to catch up if they are behind schedule towards their graduation or to possibly accelerate their graduation timeline.
A further benefit of this opportunity is that they can take classes at Robeson Community College at a fraction of the cost of comparable courses at a four-year institution. Students desiring to take part in this opportunity will also have to complete an application and meet with an admissions counselor at Robeson Community College. Fortunately, they can begin the application process online at www.robeson.edu/admissions. Those with questions about second eight-week mini-session or summer classes can call the Admissions Department at 910-272-3342.
For those who are either not ready or not interested in degree-granting curriculum programs, the college continues to enroll students in the College and Career Readiness program on a monthly basis. This program has opportunities for those who need basic education skills, high school equivalency credentials, or English as a second language. Prospective students interested in these programs should call 910-272-3619.
The college’s Workforce Develop Division continuously offers classes and programs to help business and industry meet their workforce needs. The Small Business Center has recently been running a series of seminars aimed at assisting in the startup and operation of nonprofits. Beginning on March 17, the Small Business Center will offer its 11th annual Entrepreneurship Academy that targets those desiring to start or grow a small business, but is also appropriate for those who want to start or grow a non-profit organization. There are no educational prerequisites for these seminars. Anyone can attend. To preregister visit http://www.robeson.edu/small-business-center/ or call Small Business Center Director Bob Moore at 910-272-3631 for more information. Moore can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
Dennis Watts is the public information officer for Robeson Community College.