ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College will host an information session about its new ‘Western After Hours’ evening course program on Thursday, Aug, 13, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Room 1309 at the Rock Springs campus. Those who are interested in taking evening classes leading toward a two-year degree are encouraged to attend and learn about the opportunities and services that are offered as part of this new program.
Western After Hours is a new initiative designed to better accommodate students who work or have other daytime obligations by offering a streamlined approach to evening classes that satisfy the general education requirements for an associate’s degree. Western will offer expanded Children’s Center hours and other services as part of this new evening course program, which begins in Fall 2015. Classes for the fall semester begin Aug. 26.
Western After Hours represents an expansion of existing evening class offerings, which are offered both at the Rock Springs campus and the Green River Center. The difference is that in recent years the College’s evening classes have not been offered in a systematic way that helps students satisfy particular requirements for a degree. Western After Hours, by contrast, is a two-year pilot program that will provide an assortment of general-education night classes so that students can complete all of their required general-education credits in the evening over a two-year period. Western After Hours is part of the college's strategic enrollment planning initiative designed to better manage enrollment and serve students.
General-education classes are basic college courses like English, math and lab sciences that all students must take as part of any two-year degree program.
Evening classes being offered in Fall 2015 include: Introduction to Speech; Computer Information Systems; English Composition; Beginning Algebra; American and Wyoming Government; Photography; General Biology; First-Year Spanish; and History of the United States to 1865, among others. For a complete list of evening courses for fall, go to www.westernwyoming.edu/registration and view page 41 of the Summer/Fall 2015 Schedule.
As part of Western After Hours, some campus services will expand their hours of operation for the convenience of evening students.
The front information desk can help with course registration and other issues that surface during the evening. The Children’s Center, which marks its 40th anniversary in September, will offer evening services Monday through Thursday that correspond with the fall semester’s evening class times so that parents will have an on-campus child-care option. The Center will close 15 minutes after the end of the last class each evening.
The T-Rex Grill, located in the Atrium, will remain open until 7 p.m. for the dining convenience of evening students. In addition to its made-to-order burgers and other items, the T-Rex offers a variety of grab-n-go salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks.
Western’s ACE-IT Center already offers limited evening advising sessions in Hay Library beginning mid-semester, and these sessions will resume in Fall 2015, with exact dates to be announced after the semester begins. The WWCC Bookstore is already open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and will extend its Thursday hours until 7 p.m., as well. The Student Disability and Counseling Center (SDC) makes evening counseling sessions available by appointment.
Many After Hours classes are scheduled at 5:30 or 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday or Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that students can potentially take two classes in the same evening. This fall’s U.S. history course meets only on Tuesday nights for three hours, and the biology lab offered this fall meets for an extended period on Wednesdays to accommodate the lab time.
For now, Western After Hours is geared toward general-education classes that provide the credits all students need in order to graduate. The College is looking at the feasibility of offering additional evening classes in the future that would allow students to complete an entire Associate of Arts in General Studies degree at night. Western’s ability to do that will depend, in part, on student response to the current course offerings.
Registration for Fall 2015 is going on now. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 26. Degree-seeking students who are new to Western are asked to apply for admission online at westernwyoming.edu, or to contact the Admissions Office at (307) 382-1648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on this process will be provided at the Aug. 13 information session.