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August 1, 2012

Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Mark Rawitsch; 707-468-3082


Willits  – The Mendocino College Willits Center has a new selection of community college classes set for the Fall semester, beginning on Monday, August 20. Registration is currently in progress online at the college website or through walk-in registration at the Willits Center at the corner of Marin and East Commercial Streets in Willits. Early registration for is advised to help guarantee placement because some college classes fill before the semester begins. The college’s Willits Center offers about 100 college classes for north county students each year, with most fall classes starting this month.

"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 counselors, Jean Stirling and Steve Crossman, 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 at 5:30 p.m. 

Mendocino College offers Willits classes designed to meet the needs of university transfer students, those interested in developing job skills, and others needing to brush up their basic skills in college English, math and study skills. High school students can also meet some graduation requirements or begin their college careers by taking college classes locally. Mendocino College has waived unit fees for currently enrolled high school students.

Willits classes cover a range of general education college degree and university transfer topics including English, math, history, biology, geology, anthropology, psychology, dance, art, and more. Community college classes are also used by local residents interested in improving job skills or to plan for a new career. Classes supporting this goal include those in child development, college and career success, computers, creative writing, English as a second language, elementary and intermediate algebra, math lab, and advanced conversational Spanish.

Serving the local business community, Willits business classes this semester such as Human Relations in Business, offered Mondays from 5:30-8:40 pm, Electronic Spreadsheets, offered Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm, and several computer science and business office technology classes in day and evening sessions will also be offered starting this month.

New to Willits this fall will be one class in the college Sustainable Technology program series. Understanding Blueprints, Diagrams and Schematics will be offered on Fridays from 5:30 – 8:20 pm. “The blueprints class is a good place to begin the new Sustainable Technology program and is being offered in Willits for the first time so North County students interested in construction careers can begin the program or simply take the one class to improve their construction job skills,” Rawitsch adds. The class is a core requirement for the new Sustainable Tech Residential Performance and Efficiency Certificate of Achievement.

In addition to weekly class meetings, the 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 north county students this fall. Access to the Willits computer lab classroom at the County Museum during day and evening hours also supports student success for North County students enrolled in both Willits and Ukiah college classes. “Students can use Willits Center facilities to work on college projects using college computers in our learning lab or computer lab,” Rawitsch explains.  

This fall the Willits Center will also offer a small selection of community college classes in Round Valley, including a child development class, Child, Family and Community, on Thursday evenings with Christina Sears. Three English classes, Basic Reading and Writing, Intermediate Reading and Writing, and Academic Reading and Writing with Andrea Whipple will be offered in Round Valley on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Psychology 220, Psychology of Gender, Tuesday evenings with instructor Christina Sears, and one art class in color and composition with Anthony Tovell on Monday and Wednesday evenings, are also offered in Round Valley this semester.

For nearly all students, community college costs are still affordable. Many California residents are not aware that the $46 per unit cost for community college classes is still among the lowest in the nation. Financial assistance allows 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. All students interested in receiving financial aid should make early plans to complete the appropriate paperwork.

For more information about upcoming Mendocino College classes, or to make a Willits counseling appointment to plan your fall schedule, please consult the college’s Fall 2012 schedule online at the Mendocino College website or visit or call the Mendocino College Willits Center, 11 Marin Street in Willits, 459-6224.


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