Spokane Community College has expanded evening hours to accommodate professionals who work full time, enabling them to finish a degree or earn credits to advance their careers.
About 74,000 working-age Spokane residents have attended college but don’t have a degree, says SCC spokesman Mark Baker. “We’ve expanded hours targeting that population, making it possible for them to attend classes between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and keep a full-time job,” Baker says.
The evening classes offer students the opportunity to earn credits that will transfer to a four-year program or they use to attain a technical certificate at SCC, he adds. Spring quarter enrollment is currently underway, and Baker says classes are still open to new students.
The expanded program includes technical certificates for programs in welding and fabrication, and machining/CNC technology—programs that may lead to higher wage fields, says Baker
A technical degree is the quickest way to enter a high-wage job field, he asserts. “Students will be able to take other classes such as fire officer training classes, accounting and biology classes, as well as many others.”
Baker says the expanded evening program will operate year-round and will include all courses necessary to complete certificate programs and earn an Associate of Arts transfer degree.
Students also will have access to student services including financial aid, admissions, career services and counseling. Parking is free during the evening as well, Baker says.
SCC has more than 85 programs in career and technical disciplines, as well as an extensive AA transfer degree program.
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