Fabiola Tassey doesn’t relish getting up early to take an NCC Winter Session course in Statistics. But she feels that the fast-paced program—in which students can earn up to six credits in three weeks—is worth the pain.
“I’m doing Winter Session to finish NCC faster,” said Tassey, a Physical Therapist Assistant major from Norwalk.
NCC’s 2018 Winter Session started the day after Christmas and will finish January 15. Two dozen regular and online courses are offered, from Sociology and Software Applications to Western Civilization and College Algebra. Courses cover the same curriculum as a 15-week course (tests and all), but in a fraction of the time. Classes meet weekdays, approximately four hours each day, and then there’s homework and assigned reading to do.
Despite the turbo-charged pace, students love Winter Session. In fact, enrollment is the highest ever and has risen 31 percent since last year (259 students attended Winter ’17; 340 are currently enrolled in Winter ‘18).
Students come from both NCC and four-year colleges and universities. Some want to fulfill a major or elective requirement to graduate faster; others want to earn extra credits or re-take a course to get a better grade. Because NCC credits are transferable, students from other colleges transfer their credits back to their home institution.
Cornell University student Drew Speckman is taking two Winter Session courses, for a total of six credits. “I am taking Public Speaking and Great Books (online) … I find it be an incredibly efficient—from both economic and time perspectives—use of a Winter break or lull in the work season,” he said. “To me, being able to earn three or more credits in three weeks is as ingenious as the concept of compound interest.”
Deborah Zagari of Stamford said she’s taking a Winter Session course on Humanities: The Creative Voice so she doesn’t feel “overwhelmed in the Spring,” her final semester before graduating.
“I enjoy the accelerated pace of Winter Session,” said Christian Lengyel of Norwalk. Lengyel had taken time off to save money for classes and enrolled in Winter Session “to get caught up on everything.”
Jen Jones of Bridgeport is taking a Public Speaking course to help her feel more comfortable with communicating in public. She prefers the “more focused atmosphere” of Winter courses.
“I am beyond pleased with the quality of teaching, curriculum and overall experience offered at Norwalk Community College,” said Speckman. He’ll be going back to Cornell with six more college credits under his belt.
The NCC Spring 2019 semester begins January 24. To register, go to norwalk.edu or call Admissions at (203)857-7068.