Online Classes Coming To York College
By Ashley Sanchez — Panther Press
Coming soon, York College will be offering online classes to distance learners in order to expand the mission of York College to those who cannot be on campus.
Starting in January, York College will offer a completion program for a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies; a completion program for a Bachelor of Business Administration; and a Certification Training Program for Medical Coding, which does not require any college work initially to enter. Not only are these programs an option, but individual classes will also be available. Dr. Jackie Humphrey says, as of now, the list of courses offered is a living, flexible list and may be changed from week to week with some courses being added and others being dropped from it.
These courses are taken through the online group Learning House. Learning House has contracts with colleges all over the United States. They will provide all of the backup technology for the online classes.
“We tap into their technology and they provide message boards and other important resources for us,” says Humphrey, the online program director, “so that online students have constant communication with their teachers and other students.”
Last summer there were trial courses offered through Learning House that York College campus students participated in to see how well they would work.
One of the entrance requirements for classes is that the student must be 25 years of age. These programs are geared more towards those with full-time jobs who would like to do their course work at nights and on the weekends. “Online courses are for students anywhere in the world,” notes Humphrey.
The cost per credit hour of the online courses is comparable to that of taking classes on campus. “Because of the structure of online learning, it does pay for and support itself financially,” Humphrey claims, and adds later that, through offering such courses “we broaden our financial success.”One of the purposes of starting programs and courses online is to expand the mission of the college to those who cannot be on campus. Humphrey hopes that this program will not only reach those in the United States, but will benefit students all over the world. “It is a way to take the York experience and give it to them,” she adds, “and a way to take the mission of York College to those who cannot come to York, NE.”