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Limited space available for weekend Coastal Bend College program
Jan 07, 2009 | 527 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coastal Bend College’s Every Other Weekend College has a total of 25 slots open to new students in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton starting in the Spring 2009 semester. EOWC gives students the option of earning a degree with Friday-Saturday-Sunday classes instead of the traditional four-day schedule. EOWC is limited to students seeking associate degrees in arts and sciences with the plan of transferring to a four-year institution upon graduation. The alternate scheduling option is open to students who can commit to completion of the program and meet certain criteria. The program is open to non-traditional students who are frequently underrepresented in undergraduate programs. They must be first-generation, first-time students. They must be accepted into the program.

Out-of-district students will receive scholarships of $750 per semester and a laptop to complete a two-year degree program with face-to-face classes on two weekends per month.

“This program is the result of a TG grant. It is in direct response to students’ needs and requests,” said CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum. “Students have concerns about transportation, childcare, work and out-of-district fees. EOWC allows students to earn degrees while alleviating some of those concerns.”

Those in the program are registered as full-time students. They have the same access to financial aid, scholarships and other services that all CBC students take advantage of. They attend classes every other weekend (four hours on Fridays, eight hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays, two weekends per month) and do coursework online. The combination of face-to-face and online classes helps students develop learning and resource skills that will be used later in their education.

Students will be part of an existing cohort or academic group. They will stay together for two years. They will take the same courses in the same sequence throughout. They will take and complete one class per month for a full course load every semester. There will be one cohort per campus.

Upon completion, students will earn a general studies associate’s degree that is fully transferable to any Texas public university. They will also get to keep the laptop.

“Because of the nature of this program, it is open to students earning associate’s of arts and sciences degrees,” said Alma Adamez, CBC Director of Academic Programs. Students who plan to earn workforce or health science degrees do not meet the requirements for EOWC.

“This is a different college with different faculty and different students,” Baynum explained. “EOWC is something that our students asked for and we’ve been able to make it a reality.”

For more information about Every Other Weekend College, contact Pete Martinez at (361) 354-2732 or petem@coastalbend.edu.
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