Students Balance School, Work, Family

by Danielle Cotterman on January 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

A new push is being made for Community Colleges to make their class schedules more convenient for students who also work and have families.

Ohio’s Higher Education Chancellor Jim Petro wants the states public, two-year schools to explore the idea of block scheduling- where classes would be offered back-to-back in clusters.

Zane State’s Dean of Education, Health and Behavioral Services Barb Shelby said the proposal would likely put students in the classroom up to 30 hours per week.

"I don’t know that students ware clambering for that, I think they are clambering for schedules that allow them flexibility with work schedules and child care," said Shelby.

While Zane State currently offers block scheduling for only two of their programs. Shelby said options like Quarter to Semester Transitions with linked classes make it easier for students to plan their schedule.

"They’ll be even more important when students know they are going to have two classes that are scheduled one with the other and their content is linked," explained Shelby.  "Then they know what time they are going to be there and they have two-courses taken care of."

Right now, only about 9% of Ohio Community College students are able to graduate within three years.