Community Colleges Offer More Late Night Classes

the moonWhen I was in high school, I attended classes from 9:00 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Now that I’m in college, I try to make my schedule a little more sleep-friendly, but I still attend most of my classes between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Sure, there’s the occasional night class, but those are usually done by 9:00 p.m. at the latest. My friend has a class that lasts until 9:30 p.m. two nights a week, and he complains about it all the time.

Winston Chin, a student at Bunker Hill Community College, would probably think my friends and I are sissies. Chin is a part-time student who attends night classes. And by night, I mean middle-of-the-night. Chin attends a night class from 11:45 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. every Tuesday night, after working an eight-hour job as a lab technician.

Chin’s late night class is actually not that uncommon. Many community colleges are adding earlier and later classes to accommodate unprecedented college enrollment rates. At Northern Virginia Community College, early morning classes are common; more than 20 of these classes start before 7:00 a.m. In Oregon, Clackamas Community College offers a welding class that lasts until 2:00 a.m.

This is a great opportunity for students who want to further their education, but just can’t make it to the typical class times. I do not know if I could stay awake and focused during these wee hours of the morning, but for some, it is not a problem.

“I probably would have taken something early in the morning if I’d had my pick of classes,” Chin said. “But this is working out. I never really need more than about four hours of sleep anyway.”

I just hope these schools have a Starbucks near campus. Caffeine is a necessity when your professor is addressing statistical equations at 1:30 in the morning.

Via New York Times.

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