SFC offers class to help residents considering going back to college

Course a chance to get reacquainted with academia.


Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:48 p.m.

Going back to school isn't just for Rodney Dangerfield anymore.

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‘Exploring College' class

Where: Office of Admissions, Santa Fe College Northwest campus, 3000 N.W. 83rd St.
When: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Jan. 27

Just like Dangerfield's character decided to give it the old college try in the 1986 comedy "Back to School," Santa Fe College invites those who may have been out of the swing of books and things to attend their "Exploring College" class on Jan. 27.

The class, which was once offered twice a semester, is now being offered every other month. And unlike the plot of Dangerfield's screwball comedy, nontraditional students are being welcomed with open arms at SFC.

Gail Davis, coordinator of admissions, hopes that those who might be intimidated by the prospect of reacquainting themselves with academia will feel comfortable after attending the class.

"Education is always a positive experience that can help people even if they only want to take one class to check it out," she said, adding that the college provides flexibility to those juggling families and full-time jobs.

Davis also said that Santa Fe College has experienced a boost in enrollment that can be attributed to the economy and job layoffs. Because of the increased demand for enrollment, Santa Fe is responding with information that will help students and parents know what to expect, she said.

Jen Thomas, coordinator of the "Exploring College" class, says the enrollment boost can also be attributed to Santa Fe's offering of four-year degrees.

Regardless of whether the enrollment jump is attributed to Santa Fe's new status as a four-year college or to the state of the economy, Thomas said continuing education at Santa Fe is a great opportunity for Gainesville's residents.

"It's a great place to make a career change and an even better time for it," she said.

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