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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 3, 2008

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Spring College Classes Set for Willits and North County

 
Willits – The Mendocino College Willits Center has a full selection of community college classes set for the Spring semester, beginning on Tuesday, January 22. Registration is currently in progress now by telephone or late walk-in beginning January 14 at the Willits Center. Early registration for the spring semester is advised to help guarantee placement because some college classes fill before the semester begins.
 
The college’s Willits Center offers about 120 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. Students can finish some Friday evening and Saturday classes in just two days. The Friday evening and Saturday combinations in Willits this spring include beginning Quicken, Excel, first aid and CPR. A one-day real estate class, Real Estate Financial Calculations, will be offered on Saturday, May 3.
 
"One of the things most important to students these days is a choice for scheduling that meets their needs," says Willits Center Dean of Instruction Mark Rawitsch. "That’s why we also offer nearly all of our general education classes in Willits 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, Jessica Morris, 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.

Some weekday classes in Willits are scheduled in time for parents to drop young children at their local elementary schools and then take a few classes during the day at the Willits Center. “Those classes finish in the early afternoon before children need to be picked up by college student parents," Rawitsch explains. Other classes are only offered during the evening hours Monday through Thursday with most beginning after 5:30 or 6 p.m.  
 
Mendocino College has maintained its normal variety of Willits classes designed to meet the needs of university transfer students and those interested in job skill improvement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. High school students can also meet some graduation requirements or jump-start their college careers by taking college classes locally and Mendocino College has waived unit fees for currently enrolled high school students. Classes every day of the week cover the traditional range of general education college degree topics including English, math, history, biology, earth science, psychology, physical fitness, dance, art, voice, and more.
 
Serving the local business community, new Willits business classes such as Mathematical Applications in Business, offered Mondays from 9 am to noon, Becoming an Entrepreneur, set for Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 9 am, an evening Personal Finance class on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and Calculus for Business and Economics on Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30 pm are all included in the Willits semester lineup this spring.
 
Community college classes are also used by local residents interested in improving job skills or to plan for a new career. At the college center in Willits this spring, classes supporting this goal include those in child development, computers, guidance, business office technology, English as a second language, elementary and intermediate algebra, math lab, and conversational Spanish.

A cooperative Community Ensemble class set in a five week format on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Willits is presented by the college Theatre Arts Department and Project Sanctuary to explore feminist issues of body, mind and sexuality in a community performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues directed by Rose Bell at Willits High School in February.
 
Willits computer classes continue this spring in well-equipped computer lab facilities at the County Museum Railroad History Complex on East Commercial Street. Other Willits classes are also held there as well as at the Willits Center on Marin Street, Little Lake Grange and Willits High School. A Willits Center learning lab with student assessment computers, distance education study stations, access to all college online classes, college library resources, and a student study area also supports Willits students this spring.
 
This spring the Willits Center will also offer a small selection of community college classes in Laytonville, Round Valley, and Anderson Valley. Students interested in classes in those locations should consult the printed college schedule or listings on the college webpage for details.
 
For nearly all students, community college costs are still affordable. Many California residents are not aware that the $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. 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.
 
For more information about upcoming Mendocino College classes, or to make a Willits counseling appointment to plan your spring schedule, please consult the college’s Spring 2008 schedule recently mailed to local households, the Mendocino College website at www.mendocino.edu or visit or call the Mendocino College Willits Center, 11 Marin Street in Willits, 459-6224.

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Created: January 03, 2008 @ 10:07 AM
Last Modified: January 03, 2008 @ 10:07 AM

 





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