San Jacinto College to introduce Weekend College as pathway to associate degree

07.16.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

Try as we might, not everything fits into five very busy workdays. Recognizing this, San Jacinto College will introduce Weekend College this Fall.

Between family and work obligations, a student may have more time to work on a college degree from Friday to Sunday, as the case with Brett Henderson and students in similar circumstances.

"I work for a rescue company. I work at least 40 hours during a week with the most being 106 hours," said Henderson, who is studying computer science and also interning at the College’s summer robotics camps. "Right now, I have to cram all of my classes into two days so that I can work the rest of the week. I also have a family. I think a schedule like this would be extremely helpful for someone in my case who does not work on the weekends."

The new Weekend College schedule will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. A student will take four courses in the Fall and Spring semesters and then two classes in the Summer over a two-year period to earn an Associate of Arts degree. This pathway also allows for students to transfer to four-year universities.  

"We know that there are a lot of students who cannot make the Monday through Friday schedule due to their work schedule or other circumstances," said Chris Crumley, director of campus services at San Jacinto College. "This is their alternative, another class schedule that will allow them to earn their associate degree and/or transfer to four-year universities within two years. Students can do this by taking classes exclusively on the weekends, rather than during the traditional work week."

This alternative schedule also may interest dual credit students looking to complete additional courses on the weekend. As of now, Weekend College courses will be held at the Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. Registration is open. Anyone interested may visit www.sanjac.edu/apply-register/types-admissions/weekend-college for more information.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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