Students who delayed their studies because of the COVID-19 pandemic can get a respite.
Both the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are offering “late start” accelerated classes beginning Oct. 19.
In most cases, the classes last eight weeks.
Both campuses opened the fall semester on Aug. 24, offering courses in a variety of formats.
Officials acknowledged that students might have been impacted in a variety of way by the pandemic and made the courses available to prospective and current students.
“Many students may not have been ready to start classes in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic but are ready to start now,” said UIS Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney. “This is also a great opportunity for current students to add to their course load and potentially earn their degree in a shorter period of time.”
Accelerated courses at UIS will be offered in accountancy, athletic training, business, communication, educational leadership, human development counseling, management, mathematical sciences, philosophy, teacher education and theatre.
The classes wrap up on Dec. 5. Some other courses, like athletic training, will start on Nov. 2 and end on Jan. 15, 2021.
The “late start” classes may be especially appealing, said Lincoln Land officials, to students who may have stayed home because their schools canceled in-person classes.
“LLCC is here to help any student who could benefit from these classes that start later and finish faster than the regular semester classes,” said Vern Lindquist, vice president of academic services. “That includes not only current college students whose situations have changed, but those who want to add an additional class to their schedule, adults looking for a career change and even home-schooled high school students.
“By offering these LateStart classes, we want to help students stay safe, save money and stay on track with their educational goals.”
Lincoln Land is offering over 30 career and tech courses in the session which wraps up in mid-December.
It has also set up a hotline–394-5580 (text) and 786-2227 (phone)–to assist students looking for options this fall in light of COVID-19.
Twelve-week “late start” classes started at Lincoln Land on Monday.
Both schools saw enrollment drops for the fall semester.
Contact Steven Spearie at 622-1788, [email protected] or twitter.com/stevenspearie.