Southeast Community College just recently celebrated its one year anniversary of serving as an educational swiss army knife in downtown Nebraska City.
During its first year-plus of existence, the college has already offered 250 classes with around 400 students having taken advantage of those courses.
Many of the courses are non-credit, meaning ones that do not advance a student toward a degree. These classes still have great value to local residents. Some of the non-credit classes allow students to enhance job skills while others allow a student to develop a new hobby, figure out technology or just boost their life experience.
Cindy Meyer of Southeast Community College related the story of one student who took a class to enhance her grasp of the English language so that she could get a driver’s license.
The student achieved that goal and now wants to go on and pursue an education for work in applied health.
Its emphasis on non-credit work doesn’t mean that Southeast Community College isn’t having an effect on credit students, those who are in pursuit of a college degree. Meyer said the college has around 13 students who are taking credit classes and is helping 120 credit students in other ways.
Some students need help getting registered for classes online. Some people may need help with applying for student aid. Some might need to have a test proctored or they may have something they need to scan to their instructor.
Maybe they need to get hooked up with a career advisor.
All of that is possible at Southeast Community College.
Sometimes it might just come down to having a place to study. Meyer said online classes are extremely popular but can be tricky.
“It takes a disciplined person and an environment that you can learn in,” said Meyer.
Students can find lots of distractions in their home, such as kids playing, televisions blaring or the nearby chatter of conversation.
Southeast Community College is that quiet place where work can get done.
For some students, Southeast Community College is a place of transition. Meyer said some credit students at the college are people who may have tried college right out of high school but weren’t ready and are now returning to a learning environment.
Brand new high school grads can benefit from Southeast Community College as well.
Meyer said she has found that students, even those who graduate near the top of their high school class, may not be ready to step into that college environment.
Classes at Southeast Community College can allow students to get general education requirements out of the way and get ready to move on to a four-year school.