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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 4, 2007

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

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File: NR-Reg Spring 07 Lake
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College Fees Reduced

Spring Classes Set for Mendocino College Lake Center


Lakeport  – The Mendocino College Lake Center in Lakeport has a full selection of community college classes set for the spring semester, beginning on Monday, January 22. Also starting this month is a statewide reduction in community college unit fees, reduced to $20 per unit, down from $26 last semester.  Registration by telephone or walk-in at the Lake Center is currently in progress.

"We’ve scheduled a full menu of classes in various formats and different days including some classes on Saturday this spring to meet different student needs in our Lake County community," says Lake Center Dean of Instruction Mark Rawitsch. Early registration for the spring semester is advised to help guarantee placement. "Many of our Lake Center classes fill before the semester begins so we’re advising students to register early,” Rawitsch explains.

Already enrolled students can register for classes using TelReg, the telephone registration system, by calling 468-3353.  New students can enroll online at www.mendocino.edu. For additional assistance, call the Lake Center at 263-4944.

The Lake Center offers about 200 college classes each year, with most spring classes starting this month. A few others begin a bit later in a shorter format for students who may not be able to attend for the full 17-week semester. Saturday classes in Lakeport this spring include choices in art, child development, beginning piano, QuickBooks overview, two levels of Excel, real estate licensing preparation, and desktop publishing.

"One of the things most important to students these days is a choice for scheduling that meets their needs," says Rawitsch. "That’s why we also offer some of our general education classes in Lakeport only one day a week in 3 hour blocks. Some students can’t afford the time and gasoline it takes to come to college several days a week. With careful planning with our academic counselor, students can set a class schedule allowing them to meet other important family or employment commitments without missing the chance to attend college classes," he adds. Many Lakeport classes are held on weekdays, others are only offered during the evening hours with most beginning after 5:30 or 6:00 p.m.

Mendocino College in Lake County offers classes designed to meet the needs of university transfer students and those interested in job skill improvement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. Classes every day of the week cover the traditional range of general education college degree topics including English, math, history, geography, psychology, child development, Spanish, American Sign Language, French, physical fitness, art, music, and more. Other classes in computers, business office technology, gardening, spring vegetable gardening, golf, walking for fitness, lifeguard training, and floral design also join the Lake Center lineup this spring.
 
Most Mendocino College Lake Center classes are held at the college center in Lakeport on Parallel Drive. Other classes in Lake County are also offered by the college at the Buckingham Golf and Country Club, Clear Lake High School, Kelseyville High School, North Coast Opportunities, Lakeport Yoga Center, Sutter Lakeside Wellness Center and Scotts Valley Fitness Center. A Lake Center learning lab with student assessment computers, distance education study stations with access to all college online classes, and a student study area also supports enrolled students. A self-paced math lab with a friendly and supportive learning environment also continues in Lakeport this spring. Students interested in Mendocino College classes in all locations, including Ukiah and Willits, should consult the printed college schedule or listings on the college webpage for details.

New in Lake County this spring is Wilda Shock’s North Coast Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Services class, part of the college’s culinary arts program. Set for Thursdays from 9 am to noon at the Lake Center, the hospitality and tourism class should be of interest to all Lake County tourism service providers including restaurants, hotels, motels and resorts. It will feature regional guest speakers and the latest information about how to support and offer professional tourism and hospitality services. Local business owners are encouraged to attend and send employees to this class to improve their knowledge of the growing North Coast tourism industry.

For nearly all students, community college costs are still affordable. "Many California residents are not aware that the new $20 per unit cost for community college classes is among the lowest in the nation, and that various forms of financial assistance allow for fee reductions for those that qualify," says Lake Center Academic Counselor Shannon McCulley.

For example, more than half the students who attend Mendocino College qualify for some form of financial aid. Many meet the guidelines that eliminate the unit fees and others receive grants to cover college costs. Grants do not need to be repaid. Students who may not meet grant requirements can receive information about college loans that, with current low interest rates, are now more affordable than in previous years. "No one should assume that they can’t afford college. Higher education is one of the best personal investments anyone can ever make. Even in difficult economic times, California’s community colleges still provide some of the most reasonably priced educational and student support services in the world. At Mendocino College, we also take great pride in our small college setting and the chance that affords to provide relatively small classes and personalized student support services when compared to larger, more impersonal colleges,” McCulley concludes.

For more information about upcoming Mendocino College classes, or to make a free Lake Center counseling appointment, please consult the college’s Spring 2007 schedule recently mailed to local households, the Mendocino College website at www.mendocino.edu or visit or call the Mendocino College Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Drive in Lakeport, 263-4944.

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Created: January 05, 2007 @ 12:26 PM
Last Modified: January 05, 2007 @ 12:26 PM

 





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