HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 11-20-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC OFFERS MANY DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSES FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2003

Haywood Community College will offer 42 distance learning classes for the spring semester 2003. Distance learning classes at HCC carry full curriculum credit and are a convenient option for students who require the flexibility of scheduling course work around a busy schedule or lifestyle.

Distance learning classes are increasingly popular with today’s fast-paced world. HCC has stepped forward as a leader in distance education in North Carolina. For fall semester 2002, HCC had 374 students enrolled in distance learning classes, some of which took more than one course, resulting in over 600 distance learning enrollments. At HCC, students of Internet courses can apply and have orientation online making the process as simple as possible.

Presently at HCC, students can obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Teacher Associate completely online. Criminal Justice Technology and Electronic Commerce will soon also be available entirely online. HCC receives many inquiries daily from across North Carolina about online degree programs and currently has students enrolled from all over the state.

According to Hal Lander, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, the Distance Learning section of HCC’s website has had almost three million hits since June 2000, with over 27,000 hits in one day. Lander explains that distance learning students must possess specific qualities such as self-discipline and self-motivation and be hard working and high-achievers. Many traditional students are using distance learning to supplement their regular class schedules. Distance learning is also ideal for shut-ins, stay-at-home moms, and people with full-time jobs. Lander says, "Research shows distance learning students do just as well and achieve just as much as face-to-face students."

Course offerings through distance learning for spring semester vary from Introduction to Computers, Art Appreciation, or Stage Makeup to Criminal Law, Introduction to the Internet, or many others. To enroll in a distance learning class, you must first apply to HCC and register. If you are interested in a complete list of distance learning classes or for more information about how to apply or register, please call 627-4619 or 627-4500.

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