A new program at Spartanburg Community College will allow students to obtain an associate degree by coming to class on Saturdays.
The college's Weekend College starts with the new semester, which begins January 12. Those enrolled take two classes at a time at the college's central campus in Spartanburg, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The fall term may include a Friday evening class from 6 to 8:45 p.m.
Classes meet for half a semester, so four classes will be complete by the end of a full, 15-week term. The classes include classroom time and an online component, online discussion, videos or labs.
Those who complete the program will earn an associate of arts degree that will transfer to any public, four-year college or university in South Carolina.
Keith Pomakoy, SCC's associate vice president of instruction, said he expects Weekend College to be a popular program.
“I expect these to be good-sized classes,” Pomakoy said. “We have the ability to expand. We're excited to be doing this on the weekends.”
Pomakoy, who attended a weekend college program after starting a family and working, said Weekend College will be a convenient option for parents who may be juggling work and family.
“It will be for serious students who want to get their degree done in two years,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for people who have scheduling difficulties. We're really trying to reach out to different constituent groups.”
Cost of the program is $1,982 for Spartanburg and Cherokee County students. College spokeswoman Christina Vandiver said many students may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, Life Scholarship or lottery tuition assistance, and they could earn their degree debt-free.
The college's spring term begins Jan. 12 and ends April 29. The first day of classes for Weekend College is Jan. 17.
Registration will be held Jan. 6-8, with late registration beginning Jan. 9.
For more information, call 592-4850 or visit https://www.sccsc.edu/weekend-college/.
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