John Lorson, Coordinator WCHC
Summer arrives in Holmes County and with it an unusual sight—credit-seeking students enrolled in summer courses at the Wayne College Holmes Campus! Taking full advantage of the recent upgrade of our Distance Learning Lab, we’ve produce an all-DL schedule for the summer that includes options in each of the three summer sessions. Initial enrollment numbers are promising. Furthermore, we’ve expanded DL offerings in a big way for the fall and are seeing a significant uptick in enrollment as a result. Expanded use of DL technology has enabled us to broaden our offerings by linking students in Millersburg to live classrooms at Wayne College, the Medina County University Center and UA Lakewood. Having successfully doubled our DL offerings in each of the past two years, we hope to continue that upward trend by tapping into the nearly 500 credits of programming offered each semester by the University of Akron through its various locations.
Part of our day-to-day mission at the Holmes Campus is fostering lifelong learning and since we’re always looking for ways to bring more folks into the WCHC, creating a series of general interest, non-credit classes during the summer seemed like a great way to satisfy both of those goals. For the younger set, our wildly popular Building Block Engineering Camp comes with a new twist this year: “make and take” creations. For the first time ever, our students will actually be taking their creations home! This addresses a long-time lament of parents who had, sometimes loudly, wished the fun of Building Block Engineering could continue on all summer long. (We’re talking hours and hours of quiet entertainment here.)
As in previous years, we’ll be offering digital photography for young and old, as well through our Young Photographers’ Workshop and Beginning Digital Photography for Adults.
As a further service to area students, in July, WCHC will once again play host to an intensive, one-day “ACT Turbo Workshop”. The course, organized and underwritten by the Holmes County Education Foundation, is open to students in the Holmes County area seeking to improve upon their ACT scores, and is being offered at a very minimal cost. Students may elect to have the registration fee waived entirely by performing several hours of service within the community. Last year’s workshop was a quick sell out, so it’s important to register early!