BCC offers online courses with flexible learning schedules

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

For Yasmine Bines, traveling to class at Brunswick Community College every day is a challenge. She works and raises two small children while trying to work toward a degree. Driving to and from campus takes her more than an hour. Factor in the rising cost of living, and it becomes an almost impossible task.

Brunswick Community College offers a variety of online courses that will fit into just about any lifestyle and schedule. Courses that split students’ time between the classroom and online are also available.

Students can earn a college transfer core diploma, business administration certificate, small business entrepreneur certificate and office systems technology certificate in one semester. Most of the programs offer online courses.

Bines is working on her core classes and hoping to have them transferred to UNCW where she plans on pursing a bachelor’s degree.

“I think the online courses are perfect for people wanting to go back to school with a busy lifestyle,” she said. “I take the online courses because it’s easier on gas, and I have two small kids. You’re able to know exactly what you have to do, when your deadlines are, and it’s up to you to fit it in.”

Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said a variety of core and subject area specific classes are offered online. This summer, a chemistry class was offered online, and students were able to purchase an at-home laboratory kit and perform the scientific experiments normally performed in the classroom in their own kitchens.

Greiner said online classes have been offered at BCC for about 10 years and have steadily increased in popularity. The college currently offers 49 Internet courses and 28 Hybrid courses, courses held both in the classroom and online. More than 900 students are preregistered for an online course this fall.

“We see a different variety of students,” he said. “A lot of adults and working individuals. This helps fit into their schedules.”

Early registration for the fall semester is in progress and goes until Aug. 5. Registration begins Wed. Aug. 13 at 8:30 a.m.

The need for financial aid is up 80 percent from this time last year, Greiner said, but the lack of financial ability should never hinder students from pursuing an education.

Financial aid staff will help students explore all possible options.

“Don’t ever let the economy get in the way of completing an education,” he said.

Visit www.brunswickcc.edu for additional information on classes and registration.