Northern Oklahoma College is partnering with the University Center in Ponca City for the newly created Weekend College for Spring 2021.
The new program offers college credit classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Students can earn credits for an Associate of Science degree in Arts and Sciences – General Studies within a 2-year cycle.
In addition to onsite at the University Center, all Weekend College classes are also offered through sections of NOC’s Online Live, allowing students who otherwise could not attend in person in Ponca City the flexibility to participate in the program.
Classes for Weekend College meet Friday evening and all-day Saturday over three weeks. Class times are Friday from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon and 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
“These classes are designed to give students another option for completing an associate degree around busy life schedules when jobs, family time, and other activities may conflict with traditional day and night courses,” said Dr. Pam Stinson, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
University Center Chief Executive Officer Adam Leaming is excited for the new venture.
“The UC has historically sought to serve the non-traditional student,” Leaming said. “Now with NOC’s weekend in person format, we can expand our portfolio of services to include a new group of students who seek that in person college experience that can have profound impacts on a person’s future while at the same time allowing them to continue juggling their work and personal life.”
Spring 2021 classes offered in the Weekend College format include Orientation, English Composition II, Math Applications, Introduction to Psychology, Late American History, Introduction to Oral Communication, Introduction to Health, Education & Wellness, and Introduction to Process Technology.
The program assists non-traditional students who cannot attend classes during a traditional Monday-Friday timeframe and wish to obtain an associate degree.
It also helps traditional students who desire to accelerate their degree completion or need to fit a course in their schedule. Concurrent students are also eligible to take courses in the weekend format.
Individuals working full-time needing college credit for advancement and promotion may take advantage as well as individuals seeking a career change, individuals planning to re-enter the job market or anyone who desires to increase their learning or expertise.
Students can take from one to four classes each semester in Weekend College and can take either online classes or summer classes to get 30 credits per year, allowing them to graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree within two years.
Tuition and fees are the same as day courses. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Online academic advising, tutoring, and other amenities are also available for Weekend College students.
NOC, a public two-year community college, serves approximately 5,700 students annually on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City. Of these students about 60% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. Over 80% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.
NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science. The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.
The University Center in Ponca City was founded in 1999 with 40 students and two classrooms. Today, in its new location the UC serves approximately 250 students each semester with 16 different classrooms. The UC provides courses and programs from its two college partners, NOC and NWOSU. In addition, The UC serves students by providing financial aid assistance, academic advisement, testing services, and more.