Weekend College Is College That Fits Your Life

Nick Thrasher is enjoying Weekend College at OCC. He’s pictured in the Gordon Student Center Great Room.

Nick Thrasher was ready to improve his life. He just needed a way to do it which fit with his busy schedule. Thrasher was working full time driving a truck for FedEx. He also had a family at home he needed to support. Last spring he came to Onondaga Community College’s Open House and learned Weekend College would be starting in the fall. The weekly class schedule of Friday nights and Saturdays were exactly what he was looking for. “The fact I could do this and keep working at the same time made it perfect for me. I’m the main source of income in my family. I needed to earn a degree without sacrificing my job.”

Over time Thrasher came to the realization he needed a college degree. He had left home at age 15 and worked throughout high school, often choosing his job over going to class. “I’d always worked with my hands and done manual labor. As I got older I realized I wanted to do something that was easier on my body. I look at some older guys I work with and none of them can walk the greatest. I realized it was time to go back to school and get a degree.”

In the fall of 2018 Thrasher became a member of OCC’s first Weekend College class. He enrolled in the Business Administration program and excelled. “At first getting back into the swing of things was rough but I have a good support system at home. Once I got used to having that work load I was fine. There have been nights where I’ve only slept a couple of hours but that’s what I’ve needed to do.”

Weekend College ImageSince enrolling in Weekend College, Thrasher has also benefited from camaraderie among classmates. “We’ve all gotten along great. I’d been so busy between work and supporting my family, I hadn’t had time to make friends. Through interacting with people here I’ve made friends.”

Thrasher will earn his degree this December. He’s considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the world of finance. He’s thrilled to be in this position at age 28 and offers advice for anyone considering following his path. “Weekend College is designed for adults who are working full time. The workload is what we all thought it was going to be. You can do it but you definitely need a good support system at home.”

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 recruitment@sunyocc.edu.

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College That Fits Your Life

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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 recruitment@sunyocc.edu. 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.”

OCC’s Honor Student

Nancy Carr, Director of OCC’s Office of Accessibility Resources, was inducted into honor society Phi Theta Kappa last week.

One of OCC’s most beloved employees is also a new member of the college’s honor society. Nancy Carr was sworn-in to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during the fall induction ceremony in Storer Auditorium. “It was such an honor. I loved the diversity of the people who became PTK members along with me. They were all ages and from all backgrounds. It’s so remarkable to be a part of that group.”

Carr serves the campus community as Director of the Office of Accessibility Resources. She already has a Master’s degree in Counseling but for four years has been taking one class each semester in pursuit of an associate degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. “With the recent surge in heroin and opiate addiction it seems like it’s reaching epidemic proportions. There’s a need for people to understand the stigma and that just being a person in recovery is a great accomplishment. With addiction impacting more seniors I’ve often thought if and when I retire from OCC I might do more in this area.”

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Carr is taking advantage of OCC’s new Weekend College program as she works toward her degree, taking a weekend class this semester and another in the spring. She hopes to complete work toward her degree by next May. “We’re so lucky we can continue our education. You never have to stop learning. It keeps me fresh.”

By earning membership in PTK Carr is following in the footsteps of her son, Greg Guevara. He was president of the College’s chapter and also earned curriculum honors in the Liberal Arts & Sciences – General Studies major in 2015. “I was thinking instead of ‘like mother, like son’ in this case it’s ‘like son, like mother,’” Carr said.

Guevara now works as a nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and has been keeping up with his mother’s progress in college. “Last week I had a midterm in a science class and it’s proving harder than I thought. Greg got an ‘A’ in it and I’ll be lucky if I get a ‘B.’ Greg’s like, ‘c’mon mom!’”

Congratulations to Nancy Carr and all of our new PTK inductees!

Weekend Warriors

Faculty and students in the Weekend College’s Business Administration major share their stories and discuss the demanding year ahead.

They came from all walks of life with a common goal. There was a woman who took her first college class in 1978 and decided now was the time to finish what she started. There was a man who worked as a supervisor at a call center and wanted a degree to go along with his experience. There was a woman who worked in pharmacy billing and was returning to college after taking care of a parent. They all had stories to tell and they were all members of Onondaga Community College’s first class of Weekend College students.

The students came to campus on a Saturday morning in mid-August for orientation. OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill was among those who welcomed them. “We think each of you has incredible potential as a student, as a learner and as somebody who can take that degree into the community and apply it. Part of our challenge as a college is to make the Central New York community the best place it can be. To do that we know we need people to keep growing and earn the degrees and credentials that will help them in the workplace,” Dr. Crabill said.

The students had the opportunity to meet professors in each of their majors. Most importantly, they had the chance to meet each other. Dr. Crabill along with the professors let the students know the pace of the coursework would be fast but it would be possible to succeed because they had each other to lean on along with the College’s outstanding support staff.

Weekend College is being offered in four degree programs:

  • Business Administration, A.S. –   12-month program
  • Criminal Justice, A.S. –   14-and-a-half month program
  • Early Childhood, A.A.S. –   14-and-a-half month program
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling, A.A.S. –   14-and-a-half month program

Congratulations to our first class of Weekend College students! We look forward to seeing each of you receive your associate degrees in 2019.

New Majors Added to Weekend College

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Weekend College provides parents and non-traditional students with outstanding learning opportunities at times convenient to their schedules.

Onondaga Community College’s Weekend College now includes a total of four majors! The highly popular accelerated program will give students the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree while taking classes on weekends. Weekend College classes will be held Friday nights (5:30-9:30 p.m.) and Saturday’s (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the OCC campus. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Classes begin Friday, August 24.

The four degree programs being offered through OCC’s Weekend College are:

  • Business Administration, A.S.   –   12-month program
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.   –   14-and-a-half month program
  • Early Childhood, A.A.S.   –   14-and-a-half month program
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling, A.A.S.   –   14-and-a-half month program

“Weekend College is very popular because it’s ideally suited for students who are balancing work, family and personal responsibilities. This allows them to be on-campus two days per week and to complete an associate degree through an accelerated year-round calendar. We are excited to be able to offer students this flexibility through these four degrees,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

In addition, 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.

You can learn more about OCC’s Weekend College on the College’s website.

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Earn Your Two-Year Degree On The Weekend!

 

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Onondaga Community College is starting Weekend College! The accelerated program will give students the opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree on weekends. Weekend College classes will be held Friday nights (5:30-9:30 p.m.) and Saturday’s (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the OCC campus. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Classes begin Friday, August 24.

The four degree programs being offered are: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling. Business Administration is a 12-month program. The other three majors will take 14-and-a-half months to complete. For students majoring in Business Administration or Criminal Justice, OCC’s partnership with SUNY Oswego will ensure students 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.

OCC’s Weekend College is the focus of this month’s podcast. You can learn more about it during our conversation with Dr. Daria Willis, OCC’s Provost and Senior Vice President. Listen to it here! This podcast was recorded in early June. At that time, OCC had only received approval to offer one of the majors. In late June we received approval from SUNY and the New York State Education Department to expand out offerings to four majors.