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[November 29, 2012]

Plenty of options with GCCC outreach

Nov 29, 2012 (The Garden City Telegram - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- As the fall semester comes to a close next month, college students, high school students and community members are weighing options for continuing education.


One of those opportunities is through Garden City Community College's Outreach Program, which provides classes in different communities across southwest Kansas.

Erinn Reyes, on-campus coordinator for the program, said the classes are an opportunity for students to get general education requirements out of the way, for adults to continue their education and for workers to enhance some of their workplace skills.

Classes vary from community to community, based on local needs determined by hometown coordinators. Some take place during daytime hours, and others are offered during evenings. Instruction ranges from on-site to interactive television formats.

Reyes, who has been the coordinator since 2010, said the classes are in demand.

"In general, I have seen an increase in demand," she said.

The allocation of class topics in each community is still being decided. Reyes said the college makes those decisions, usually based on the need and feedback from the different communities.

"We're still working out those details. In general, the classes are taught at area high schools and we have various evening courses," she said.

Some of the classes will take place during the day.

Reyes said the classes offered will range in subjects such as algebra, general psychology, sociology, introduction to computer concepts, Allied Health classes, public speaking, lifetime fitness and entrepreneurship.

This semester, the college has been offering American Government, Principles of Biology, Basic Nutrition, General Chemistry, College Chemistry I, College Algebra, General Psychology, Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications and Developmental Psychology. Classes also include Introduction to Literature I, English I and II and the Certified Nurse Aide and Nursing Home Medication Aide courses. Others included American History Since 1865, Introduction to Sociology, Public Speaking and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Classes currently are being offered in Deerfield, Dighton, Healy, Holcomb, Lakin, Leoti, Scott City, Syracuse and Tribune, Students who are enrolled for the fall semester can now enroll for the spring semester. Open enrollment begins Monday, Reyes said.

Reyes encourages those interested in the outreach programs to stop in or call about schedules or specific classes. For more information, call Reyes at 276-0539.

___ (c)2012 The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) Visit The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) at www.gctelegram.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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