Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, Guest Columnist
The Picayune Item
For the full time college student, Thanksgiving break indicates that the semester end is near. Upon return to school, the student will begin to prepare for final exams, followed by the nice break for the Christmas holidays. When I was an undergraduate, the break was a time to work and make a few extra dollars. While this is most likely the case for many, the holiday season can provide an opportunity to earn college credit. Particularly with unemployment levels at a high rate; jobs during the break might be tough to find.
Pearl River Community College now offers students the opportunity to take college courses during the Christmas/Holiday break. A nice little caveat to this is that the courses are completed before Christmas day. Courses will begin December 10tj and conclude on December 22nd. This will afford the student a little time for relaxation before the start of the spring semester. Even students that might attend a university can benefit from these courses, as most of them are fully transferable (based on the student’s degree plan). Some of the courses offered include General Psychology, World Literature and Public Speaking, just to mention a few.
These courses can be included in a student’s full time spring course load. This allows qualified students to use their federal financial aid to assist with costs. If you are a university student that has no source of financial aid, the cost of these courses will be quite a bit easier on the pocket book than the cost of university classes. Anyone interested in learning more about these courses can refer to this link to learn more https://pr6.prcc.edu:8021/pls/prcc/prcc_mini_sch.