SCC to Host Info Sessions for Evening Degree Program


Residents in the Keokuk area may soon have a new option to earn a college degree in the evening. SCC officials are currently in the exploratory phase of a new two-year degree program designed for people who aren’t able to take advantage of traditional day time offerings. To gauge interest and answer questions, officials will host free informational sessions in March on the Keokuk campus.

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The proposed Night Hawks program would offer an AA degree with a handful of emphasis options in Criminal Justice, Business, Elementary Education, and Psychology. Classes would be offered in a hybrid format that includes traditional face-to-face teaching and an online component.

SCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Carole Richardson describes Night Hawks as an excellent opportunity for working adults.

“There are a lot of residents in the area who really want to earn a degree but can’t afford to quit their job to do it. And it’s tough for them to take the right mix of evening courses that we currently offer to fulfill degree requirements. Night Hawks is designed to address all that.”

Richardson explains that the hybrid format is meant to provide flexibility and variety for students. While there are dozens of colleges that offer fully online programs, they’re not for everybody. Many students want the opportunity to be in a classroom and interact with instructors and classmates.

“For all their benefits, online classes aren’t able to provide the same sense of community and engagement as face-to-face classes. Our program provides that.”

The program is designed so that students take four classes per semester—two classes during the first eight weeks of the semester and two during the second eight weeks. Each individual class will meet once per week for lecture and discussion. Students would use the online component for readings, homework and research.

This condensed format will enable students to complete four classes per semester, thus qualifying them to apply for financial aid.

SCC’s Keokuk campus Executive Dean, Teresa Garcia adds that the cost of education is always a consideration for working adults. Mindful of this fact, officials designed Night Hawks so that students could access resources to help finance their education.

“Even though SCC is much more affordable than practically every other online degree program out there, tuition and books still add up fast. A program like this could be an excellent fit for a student but if they can’t afford it, none of it matters.”

Richardson explains that before officials proceed with the program, they want to get a sense of the interest in the community, hence the info sessions.

“This is a great program for potential students, but we need to know that we’re on the right track. We also know there are a lot of questions people may have about the format of the program, focus areas, financial aid, and transfer opportunities.”

Informational sessions will be held on March 7, 10, 21, and 24. All sessions will start at 6PM and take place in Room 302 on SCC’s Keokuk campus. Sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning about the program.

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