What's Great About "Late Start"?
Serial Killers & Mass Murderers, International & Domestic Terrorists, Home & Vehicle Personal Defense, Small Business Marketing and Meditation & Wellness are just a few “late start” classes offered this Spring at Glendale Community College.
“Late start” classes, 8-week courses that begin after March 10, are popular among GCC students who may need a few more credits, or who wish to add an online or hybrid class to their full load of 16-week classes.
“Creative starts and new formatting has drawn students,” said Administration of Justice Studies (AJS) instructor Jeff Hynes, who has seen a marked increase in late start enrollment, up from 480 students in Spring 2012 to more than 1000 students this semester.
Many AJS courses are offered in two formats: a traditional 16-week course and two 8-week, online options that follow the structure of ASU and NAU online courses. “Becoming familiar with an 8-week class format at GCC allows our students to make a seamless transition to the four-year university setting and be academically successful,” said Hynes.
Flexibility and an accelerated timeline offer another benefit, according to Chris Nielson, a residential faculty member who teaches English 101 (ENG101) as an 8-week, hybrid course. To students who are worried about managing their 16-week course load, he counsels, “Get your first eight weeks under your belt, get adjusted to a college-level workload, then if you feel you can handle more work, add a late start class.”
In addition to saving time, 8-week classes may save students hundreds of dollars in textbook costs. AJS courses use e-books from Curriculum Technology, an e-book content delivery company that sells e-books at $50 per course instead of the traditional book cost of nearly $150.
It’s not too late to enroll in a late start class, but classes fill quickly. See Maricopa’s Find-a-Class tool for a list of all late start classes at GCC. To enroll, log in to your Student Center at my.maricopa.edu.