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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Registration Starts July 11 for Fall Semester 2012

With registration for Fall Semester right around the corner, WCC has launched a new online class schedule that makes it faster and easier to find classes.

Fall registration for current and readmitted students starts Wednesday, July 11. Registration for new students starts one week later on Wednesday, July 18. Fall Semester starts Aug. 24 and ends Dec. 17.

The new class schedule emphasizes flexibility, providing numerous search tools to help students find classes. For most students, the keyword search will be the easiest search method. It allows users to type in a keyword such as an instructor name, subject, class number, class name, or CRN.

Other tools let students find classes by subject, location, time of day, days of the week, and type of class (traditional, blended, or online).

Web Services created the class schedule based on extensive student research and testing. “Students were involved in development of the class schedule from beginning to end,” said Christopher Billick, director of Web Services. “They provided lots of excellent ideas that we used in developing the schedule.”

The student involvement started with Cheryl Byrne’s Business Communication class, where students surveyed their fellow students, looked at schedules at other colleges, and provided ideas for improving WCC’s schedule. The students presented their findings to Web Services in a number of oral and written reports.

Once the schedule was mostly developed, Web Services conducted two rounds of user testing with students. That testing revealed some small issues that were resolved with tweaks.

Student testers were overwhelmingly positive in their comments about the new schedule. “I’m definitely going to be looking forward to scheduling classes with this as opposed to the old schedule,” said one tester. Another said: “It was simple. The program pretty much does the work for you.”

WCC Offers Classes at High Schools

Beginning in Fall Semester, WCC will offer classes at five new high schools in addition to existing extension sites at Brighton High School and Dexter High School. Offering classes at high schools is an expansion of WCC’s dual enrollment program, which lets high school students take College classes while they’re in school.

The five new high schools where classes will be offered include:

  • Chelsea High School
  • Hartland High School
  • Manchester High School
  • Milan High School
  • Whitmore Lake High School

In many cases, school districts will pay the tuition for their students who take WCC classes.

A special early registration period for high school students who want to take WCC classes on their campuses this fall started May 21. Once regular registration begins, the public can sign up for the classes that WCC is offering at high schools.

Registration Times Are Staggered

Current and readmitted students have staggered registration start times on July 11. The times are based on the overall number of credit hours earned, either at WCC or through accepted transfer hours, through Winter 2012 Semester:

  • 45 hours or more: 8:00am
  • 30 hours or more: 11:00am
  • 15 hours or more: 1:00pm
  • Less than 15 hours: 3:00pm

You’re a current student if you took credit classes at WCC in any semester from Fall 2010 to Spring/Summer 2012. You’re a readmitted student if you took classes more than two years ago and have reactivated your file by completing the online application again.

Registration for new students starts at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 18. New students must submit an online application and be admitted before they can register.

Register Early for Best Class Selection

Students should register as early as possible to help ensure there are open seats in the classes they want.

WCC offers classes during the day, at night, on weekends, online, and in a blended format that combines online and classroom instruction. Classes are available at WCC’s main campus and at extension centers in Brighton, Dexter, Hartland, and Ypsilanti.

Online Tools Make Registration Easier

Students have several online tools to help them build their schedules through MyWCC, the system they use to register for classes:

  • The WCC Schedule Planner lets students type in classes they want and block out times they’re unavailable, and then produces possible class schedules.
  • The Program Requirements and Degree Audit allows students to see which classes they still must take to earn a degree.
  • The Course Prerequisite Check lets students check prerequisites and, if they feel that they meet them, apply for a prerequisite override online.

Need Help With Registering?

Students register for credit classes online. If you need access to a computer or help with registering, visit WCC’s Student Connection on the second floor of the Student Center building. “We’re happy to help students register,” said Kathy Currie, director of Student Records.

You also can get help by calling the Student Connection at 734-973-3543 or sending an email to studrec@wccnet.edu. The office is normally open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Help in choosing classes is available at Counseling & Career Planning, where walk-in counseling is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The office is located on the second floor of the Student Center building.

You can submit basic advising questions through the Internet and receive replies by email or phone. If you need more help and it’s hard to get to campus, you can use WCC’s real-time online advising service. Your computer needs a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone for you to take full advantage of the service.

Register for LifeLong Learning Classes

Registration for WCC’s LifeLong Learning continuing education classes also starts July 11. You do not have to be admitted to WCC to take the non-credit classes.

A schedule of LifeLong Learning classes will be available online starting July 11. You can register for LifeLong Learning classes online, by mail, or in person at the Student Connection.

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