Ways to Earn Extra College Credits

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Whether you’re currently in college or preparing for your future, there are a number of reasons for earning extra college credits during the “off-seasons” of mid-winter and summer. There are also several ways to get those extra college credits. We’ll explore both below.

Why Earn Extra College Credits
The most obvious reason for wanting to take a college class in the winter or over the summer is that you’re in college and want to get extra credits under your belt. You may need more classes to graduate on time, or you may want to graduate early. Perhaps you want to fulfill certain requirements to get to your major courses more quickly.  Or you just want to have a lighter schedule the last semester of senior year to give yourself more time to look for a job. If you’re an adult learner and already in the working world, you may be looking to change careers or improve your current position. You may need prerequisites fulfilled to start a degree program, or maybe you just want to explore another career option.

Ways to Earn Extra College Credits

Online Courses
Online classes are an easy way to get extra college credit. The greatest benefit is the flexibility and convenience; taking courses online lets you choose when you want to study. This frees you up for a job or internship during the summer, or more time with family and friends during winter break. For adult learners or those working full time, this flexibility is extremely helpful, allowing you to continue to work and take care of family while fitting classes into a busy schedule.

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Local Community College
Your local community college can be your best resource for taking an extra college credit. You can generally complete classes with up to four credits in a short period of time. The chances of these credits being transferable are usually good – and they’re affordable. Traditional classes may be more beneficial for those that need a little more personal discipline. Classes that meet often and in-person can help you stay motivated and keep up with assignments better than online classes. The one-on-one interaction with a professor can also be helpful – making it easier to ask questions and get immediate help. Similarly, with a traditional class, you can more easily find people with which to study. Depending on which class you take, you may be looking at smaller class sizes than the ones offered by your university, allowing you the opportunity to connect more with your classmates and your professor, despite being in the class for only a few weeks. An added bonus is that some courses may be held online or partially online as well so you’ll get the benefits of both types of classes.

Whether you choose an online or traditional class, if you are already at a university, be sure to check with your university or college to make sure that they accept the course for academic credit.   

Winter and Summer Sessions at Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Community College offers an opportunity to complete transferable credits in a short amount of time in both a winter and summer session. Offerings range from statistics and Shakespeare to software applications, western civilization, Spanish and  psychology. Winter session is a mini-semester where students can earn three to four credits in 12 days with fast-paced classes for less than $200 a credit. Classes meet weekdays for approximately four hours a day, on-campus or online. During summer session, you can earn up to four credits in about five weeks in both morning or evening classes, allowing you to complete a course and still have time to enjoy your summer. For more information or to register for the upcoming semester, contact us today.