Heather Spagnola thought about coming to Onondaga Community College on several occasions. She even applied multiple times and was accepted, but when it came time to go to classes she never followed through. It wasn’t until one year ago when OCC announced it was starting Weekend College that she finally decided she was all in. “I chose weekend college because I wanted a way to complete the degree quickly and without having to drive to campus multiple times a week. Having waited 6 years after high school to start college I wanted to save some time.”
Spagnola works during the week, making Weekend College the perfect choice for her. Classes on Friday night’s (5:30-9:30 p.m.) and Saturday’s (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) help her fit everything in her busy schedule. In her first semester as a Criminal Justice major Spagnola earned a nearly perfect 3.95 grade point average. “Doing so well has helped me realize I could be successful at getting my bachelor’s degree as well as give me confidence when I start looking for a job in my field.”
Enrollment is now open for the next group of Weekend College students. Classes begin Friday, August 23. Prospective students will be required to take placement exams for math, English and reading. Students who perform well on their placement exams will be able to complete coursework in 18 months.
Four degree programs are being offered in fall 2019:
- Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling A.A.S.
- Business Administration, A.S.
- Criminal Justice, A.S.
- Early Childhood, A.A.S.
An Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is designed to prepare a student for transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree. An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a career program which prepares students for employment.
All classes are held on the OCC campus. Financial Aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
OCC’s partnership with SUNY Oswego will ensure students majoring in Business Administration or Criminal Justice a seamless transfer into a bachelor’s degree program which is offered through a combination of online and in-person classes at SUNY Oswego’s downtown Syracuse campus at Clinton Square. With this partnership, students can complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees at a SUNY price right here in Syracuse.
More information about OCC’s Weekend College program is available at this website. If you’d like to speak with a college representative you can do so by contacting the Student Recruitment office at (315) 498-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekend College has been perfect for me,” said Spagnola. “And it can be perfect for anyone who likes a fast-paced learning experience and needs to get a degree quickly.”