In an effort to provide learning opportunities to the busiest people, Lamar State College – Orange is reaching out to another category of non-traditional students. Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, students have the chance to complete an Associate’s degree program by attending hybrid classes only one day a week. Cleverly dubbed “One Day a Week for a Two-Year Degree,” the courses are for anyone with a demanding schedule but who still desires to enhance their skills and earn a degree.The Division Director for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Lamar State College – Orange, Andrew Preslar, said that the goal is to allow full-time employees, stay-at-home parents, and similar non-traditional students a flexible school schedule that will allow them to work Monday through Thursday and attend classes on Friday. “Anyone from local business and industry employees to teacher’s aides and janitorial staff at local school districts are our target students,” Preslar said. “We want to fill the gaps the students have in order to recover and stay on track to complete their degrees.” Each semester, the structured progression of classes advances the students closer to completing their degree in one of the three programs: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Associate of Science in Business, or Associate of Arts in Teaching. Award-winning instructors will teach the courses, giving the students the best LSC-O has to offer.The Friday hybrid course offerings for the Fall semester include Learning Frameworks 1300, English Composition 1301, Speech 1315, American History 1301, Computer Science 1301, Texas Government 2306, and Developmental Math 0302. Students will attend the 75-minute classes from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and complete additional work online during the week.Gina Simar, the Dean of Health Science and Workforce Technology, explained that the hybrid courses – half in class and half online – give students who might be nervous about fully online classes a middle ground to learn from instructors face-to-face as well as become comfortable working independently online.   “Some students want the engagement and reassurance of being in a classroom with their instructor,” she said.Once students complete the 60 hours of academic work and earn their Associate’s degree, students who want to continue their education can transfer the credits to any public Texas university or college and be halfway finished with a Bachelor’s degree.Registration is open for the Fall 2017 semester and now is the time to lock in a spot to come to Lamar State College – Orange for “One Day a Week for a Two-Year Degree.”
For more information, contact Andrew Preslar at Andy.Preslar@lsco.edu or 409-882-3027.

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