Courses in College

Be inspired by the gamut of community college courses, from the arts to technical training. This section will cover everything from remedial classes to continuing education. Community colleges offer courses for youth and teens, individuals looking for a new hobby or skill, or those behind bars looking for a second chance.
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It all started when Lane Community College in Oregon decided to offer a non-credit course titled, "What is Islam?" The instructor of the course, Barry Sommer, had submitted an application to teach a class in Islam for the community college, which the college accepted. However, before the course had a single sign-up, the college put the brakes on the offering. Apparently, officials of the school learned some potentially disturbing facts about Sommer and decided it was best to nip the brewing controversy in the bud.

The Facts
 
Eugene resident Barry Sommer submitted an application in October of this year to teach a class on Islam at Lane Community College. The school typically offers non-credit courses for interested students throughout the year, and many of these are taught by qualified residents of the community, rather than college professors. According to a report at World Net Daily, approval for the course came, and Sommer began preparations for teaching. When the course went online on the college website, Sommer also sent out a press release to alert others to his offering.
 
Once the details were announced, a local news station asked to interview Sommer. As the course became more public, so did Sommer's background. It turns out the Sommer may have been involved in organizations that were perceived as anti-Islamic. Once the news spread that Sommer was a potential controversial figure in the Islamic community, Lane pulled the plug on the course.
 
More about Sommer
 
According to a report at the Register Guard, Sommer . . . read more

Community colleges have always been at the forefront of training students for both traditional and innovative careers...and ghost-busting is no exception!  Indeed, a handful of community colleges are actually offering paranormal studies to train students in the interesting field of ghost-busting.   
 
Be spooked or inspired by the paranormal studies available at the following community colleges. Could researching ghosts be the right career choice for you?
 
 
This Indiana institution is known for many strong fields of study, but recently, the college added paranormal investigation courses to its catalogue. These courses, according to the Kokomo Perspective, are designed to explore the world of paranormal behavior in a way never seen before.
 
The teacher of the course, Al Taylor, is the PR director of Indiana Ghost Trackers. Taylor will lead students on an exploration of paranormal research that will include conduct and safety, as well as the proper use of paranormal equipment.
 
The courses are offered at two different Ivy Tech campuses and are done in collaboration with the Kokomo Region of the Department of Workforce and Economic Development. This organization offers provides career training solutions to help fill the needs of today's employers.
 
 
In North Carolina, Almance Community College is offering its own brand of paranormal training. The school's current class in paranormal investigations has been consistently topping the list as one of the most popular course offerings at Almance.
 
The course is taught by Heather Garner of Grahan, the head of TimeStoppers Paranormal and the . . . read more

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, also known as OSHA, was established to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for working men and women, according to the U.S. Department of Labor website. The act is designed to provide the necessary training and education to maintain a high level of safety in a wide range of industries.
 
To work in these industries, new employees are often required to attend OSHA training prior to beginning their new job. Today, there are plenty of options in OSHA training, since community colleges across the country have stepped up to answer the call for skilled laborers who understand the importance of safety on the job.
 
Determining a Need
 
OSHA includes a specific set of training guidelines that must be applied to all businesses, from the employer down through all of the employees. The guidelines include:
  • Determining whether there is a need for training
  • Identifying training needs, goals and objectives
  • Developing learning activities and conducting training
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the program and creating improvements when necessary
The model set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor makes it much easier for smaller companies to conduct their own training without going to the added expense of hiring professional trainers or purchasing expensive materials. However, the value from utilizing a community college program for OSHA training often makes this path the best choice for companies of all sizes.
 
Community colleges take the guesswork out of the process by providing programs customized to the specific needs of industries. Many colleges . . . read more

In the past, students who struggled in high school often didn't even bother with the idea of higher education. After all, if secondary school was difficult, college would be nearly impossible, right?
 
However, a push for higher college graduation rates by President Obama, as well as truths discovered about many so-called remedial students, has led educators in community colleges across the country to redefine remedial education. As times are changing, more students are tuning into special community college programs that are helping them see success in their education and lives after college.
 
What is Remedial Education?
 
According to WiseGeek.com, remedial education is "education designed to bring students who are lagging behind up to the next level of achievement realized by their peers." Students who found themselves in remedial education often felt they didn't have much chance at academic success beyond high school. Those who did qualify for college entrance often dropped out within their first year because they simply didn't have the background knowledge or study skills to succeed in a college setting.
 
The good news is that these students now have hope for making it through college and earning a degree, thanks to programs that help students develop the skills they need to succeed in higher education.
 
The Need for College Success
 
According to an article at Diverse Issues in Education, the American Association of Community Colleges estimates that as many as 60% of all the students coming out of high school each year are simply not . . . read more

As more students flock to community colleges today, the institutions are staying ahead of rising enrollment with creativity and flexibility. The newest offering at many community colleges across the country is early class times that allow for additional course offerings, as well as work around professional students' busy schedules.
 
However, do classes before dawn really make the grade? We looked at three different community colleges with early course offerings to find the answer. 
 
"Early Bird" Classes at Gateway
 
Gateway Community College in Connecticut is just one of the many colleges opening up their campuses for early birds. According to a report in the Hartford Courant, Gateway will begin offering its first set of "early bird classes" during its fall semester. The courses will begin at 6:30 in the morning, which will let out by 8 a.m., giving you plenty of time to make it to your day job.
 
"If you work the average day shift, this could be a simple way to get a class done before you go to work," Dean of Academic Affairs Mark Kosinski states on the college's website. Kosinski also told the Courant, "We are constantly looking for new ways to meet the needs of our diverse student body so we'll be looking closely at the results of this pilot to see whether it should be expanded beyond the fall semester."
 
In addition to adding flexible scheduling for professional students who are earning degrees while working full-time, the earlier schedules will provide more courses for . . . read more
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Courses in College

Remedial Education

60% of community college students need remedial courses. This section covers the classes and new developments to help students who need remedial coursework. Learn why the gap exists, how schools are combatting it and what you can do to avoid remedial classes. Get tips on mastering college math, learn what you can do to prevent repeating a class and hear what the experts have to say about remedial class placement.

Kids and Teens

Community college is not just for adults. Learn about all the programs available to children and teens too. From aiding high school dropouts to ramped up summer school programs, community colleges work hard to encourage the pursuit of higher education to students of all ages.

Online Courses

Online classes give you the flexibility to learn off-campus, often at times most convenient for your schedule. Identify 10 degrees you can earn online, weigh the pros and cons of online education and find out how you can take online classes for free.

Class Schedules

Setting your class schedule with community colleges gives you flexibility and many options.

Support for Businesses

Local business are taking advantage of special training programs at community colleges. From OSHA training to a collaboration with Goldman Sachs, community colleges are training employees for small and large businesses across the country.

Fun & Elective Classes

Community colleges offer a gamut of fun and interesting classes, and we give ideas that may strike inspiration for your elective choices. Learn homesteading skills, study paranormal investigating, or earn a scuba diving certificate all at a community college near you. This sections identifies some of the fun non-credit courses available at your local campus.

Continuing Education

Community colleges are filled with continuing education opportunities. Whether you are looking for a resume booster, new skills to earn a promotion or want to earn your degree while incarcerated, community college may be a good choice for you.