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Summer Learning Delivers Many Advantages
Pursuing a college education can help position you for future success, wherever your interests may lie. Taking a summer class at your local community college can make a big difference in helping you achieve your life goals.
This includes learning new skills to help grow your career, resuming coursework that may have been paused due to personal issues, or just getting a head start on your studies so you can finish sooner. Given the many disruptions of the past year, even just learning something new for your own enjoyment may be a welcomed distraction.
Learners can choose specialized instruction working toward a high-demand career opportunity or general education, and graduate with a certificate or associate’s degree or transfer into a four-year university, if desired. For certain certificate programs, simply completing one or two courses can provide the technical competency needed to help master a new skillset – and that can potentially lead to higher pay and increased job responsibilities.
In addition to serving up traditional academic programs in business, science, communications, English and many more, Scottsdale Community College, for example, offers extensive career and technical degree programs in film and theater, fine arts, criminal justice, interior design, nutrition, hospitality and tourism, business, and computer information systems, just to name a few. Coursework for Summer Semester 2021 is available in person and 100% online, providing greater flexibility.
College students currently attending or looking to attend other educational institutions can take their required gateway courses at a much lower cost and then easily transfer those credits to a wide variety of public and private universities seamlessly. SCC offers degrees designed specifically to transfer and participates in many transfer agreements with colleges and universities.
Today, many high school students can attend community college as part of a dual enrollment program so they can earn high school and college credits simultaneously. SCC has agreements with local high schools, and coursework is offered in occupational and academic areas. Enrolling in a class over the summer, and beyond if so desired, helps reduce course duplication and can be instrumental in developing early occupational skills.
Finally, all students can benefit from the traditional benefits that a community college delivers: low tuition, extensive free support services and easy credit transfers to a 4-year university. Some courses offer low-cost or no-cost textbooks, providing even more value.
Students can expect the same robust curriculum and educational opportunities on par with other accredited academic institutions. Almost 70% of SCC faculty members have a master’s degree and 26% have a doctoral degree. The average class size is only 16, helping ensure personal interaction and a strong learning experience with the instructor.
So why not learn something new and use summer to your advantage? Scottsdale Community College is here to help. Summer Semester begins June 1.