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College Express

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Cathy Woods
Executive Director, Division of Distance Education
423.585.2661

College Express Fast track is a degree program in an accelerated format and starts with a cohort group. Most programs meet either one or two nights a week for 3 hours with students completing 12-14 hours in a semester.

Adult Learner College Express Cohort
2015-2016

Please click on a question below to view the answer.

What is College Express?
A fast-track alternative delivery program
Compressed class schedule
Encourages teamwork and support to the individuals
Who can benefit from college Express?
Adult learners with a busy lifestyle juggling work and family but want to earn a college degree
Students wishing to complete a specific degree with one or two classes at a time
What is unique in the design of College Express?
Classes taught by committed Walters State Community College Instructors who provide instruction and support to help students succeed
Classes held in seven week blocks meeting either one or two nights per week
Some classes are available to meet learning support needs
Progress is continual and fast paced. Because a significant amount of learning takes place outside the classroom, students must be highly motivated, independent learners
Some classes may be offered in a hybrid format (Some coursework online).
Students will be expected to use eLEARN within College Express courses.
This program allows a pathway to multiple degree options
What is the cost?
Tuition for the semester is due at registration following the college fee deadline. Fees for college express are the same as any other college course.
Is financial support available?
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Complete your FAFSA early and any necessary paperwork by the priority deadline.
Contact the Financial Aid Office 423.585.6811 for detailed information.

*All students should follow the appropriate outline for their specific major and meet each semester with their major advisor and also with the College Express program director.

**In order to add or drop classes in the express program you must see the cohort director: Cathy Woods, Executive Director, Division of Distance Education, WSCC, CCEN 128C. (423 585 2661) catherine.woods@ws.edu

Adult Learner Cohort Accelerated Courses
Spring 2016

Note: These classes are in an accelerated format with the exception of MUS 1030. In order to register for these classes, you must contact Cathy Woods, Division of Distance Education, 423-585-2661, CCEN 126.

Full Term (1)
Jan 19 - May 6, 2016

  • Music Appreciation (3 credits)
    MUS 1030
    CRN 11095 | SEC 007
    TR :: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

(1A)
Jan 19 - Mar 13, 2016

  • Computer Application (3 credits)
    INFS 1010
    CRN 11096 | SEC 011
    T :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM
  • Life Span Psychology (3 credits)
    PSYC 2130
    CRN 11097 | SEC 005
    R :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM

(LSB)
Mar 14 - May 6, 2016

  • Learning Support Writing IV (2 credits)
    ENGL 0804
    CRN 11098 | SEC 013
    T :: 6:00 - 8:05 PM
  • Composition 1 (3 credits)
    ENGL 1010
    CRN 11099 | SEC 013
    R :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM

(1B)
Mar 14 - May 6, 2016

  • Composition I (3 credits)
    ENGL 1010
    CRN 11100 | SEC 014
    R :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM

College Express Admissions Process

Admission Requirements

  • Preference will be given to in-state students
  • Attendance at registration sessions before classes begin each fall, spring, and summer
  • Attendance at each scheduled class meeting is required. A strict attendance policy is enforced.
  • All applicants will be interviewed within the Division of Distance Education by appointment
  • Performance and advising meetings each semester with program director

FAQ

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What is a Cohort/Express Class?
  • A group of people working together within each Express class in a team environment.
  • A group of people who are more likely to be successful through collaborative learning.
What are the Advantages of a Cohort?
  • Students will move in a unified group, building good relationships with students they will come to know throughout the time spent together.
  • Cohort classes are designed in an accelerated format for degree completion.
  • Some classes may be offered in a hybrid format (some online and some classroom time)
  • Works well for the adult learner juggling both work and family
  • Encourages teamwork and support to the individuals
  • Benefits students who wish to complete a specific degree while taking only one or two classes at a time
What Characteristics are seen in Successful College Express Students?
  • Highly motivated
  • Self-starter
  • Desires to complete a program in an accelerated manner as opposed to taking several years to complete a degree
  • Has support from a spouse or family members where child care is necessary in the evenings
  • Has the ability to work and find time to take classes and study in the evenings
  • Good time management
  • Ability to navigate and utilize the college learning management system (eLEARN)
Are these Programs as Demanding as Regular Classes?
  • Definitely and perhaps more demanding as they are in an accelerated format or compressed time requiring self–discipline. Classes are taught by committed Walters State instructors who provide support to the student.
Is it Possible to Take Learning Support Classes with the College Express Program?
  • Yes, this program is designed to accommodate students who need learning support classes.
Will Previous College Credits be Applied to a College Express Cohort Program?
  • Previous college transcripts will be evaluated and any equivalent credits within the degree will be applied.
Is Financial Support Available?
  • Financial Aid is available for eligible students. Complete your FAFSA early and any necessary paperwork by the priority deadline.

Contact the Financial Aid Office 423.585.6811 for detailed information