For some, summer is the time to travel, visit friends and family, or to work. For others, it’s time to take required classes and get closer to their educational goals. At American River College, summer semester starts on June 11 and ends on August 10.
“I’m taking music online (MUFHL 300) and Trigonometry 350,” said Sandeep Kaun, a nursing student. “I’m already accepted at (University of California, Sacramento), and I need these classes to transfer.”
Summer semester is split up into four-week, six-week, and eight-week sessions, and there are classes offered in most areas from accounting to work experience.
Not only can students get requirements fulfilled; they can also get extra help at the Learning Resource Center during summer. One-on-one tutoring for core classes such as English Writing 300 will be available, and students can sign up on the first day of summer semester.
“Students should remember that the tutoring is based upon the tutor’s available time, and they need to sign up at the beginning of each week in order to get appointments,” said Kathleen Peterson.
Tutoring hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Along with tutoring, Reading Across the Disciplines (RAD) and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) will be available in the LRC.
“RAD and WAC courses will be four and a half weeks during summer semester, and classes will be twice a week, either on Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday.” said Shauna Slater. “Students need to come see me to sign up and get an add number to enroll.”
RAD and WAC hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The LRC will also have summer availability and hours, which will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The LRC will be closed on Fridays and the weekends.
For those wanting to stay active, there are several personal activity classes offered during summer semester, including aerobics, tennis, yoga, swimming, walking and jogging, weight training, and team sports.
The Theatre Arts department has a wide variety of classes, from Introduction to Film to Work Experience in Theatre Arts. Some of these courses require auditions or interviews with department heads for technical skills, and some also include field trips to various performances.
The trades are also well represented on the summer schedule. Carpenter, drywall and lathing, ironworker, paramedic, and electrical apprenticeship programs are among the courses available. Students looking to update work skills in these areas may want to take advantage of these classes.
For those on financial aid, taking six units in summer is equivalent to a full-time class load, which is normally 12 units during spring and fall semesters. Some very motivated students really maximize the summer semester opportunity.
“I’m taking 15 units this summer,” said Kaun. “I’m working hard to reach my transfer goal.”