ELLISVILLE, MS (JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE) - Jones County Junior College is offering new hybrid classes in an attempt to help students attend classes and maintain a job.
The hybrid online class involves a combination of traditional and online class meetings. Students also now have the option of meeting on Saturdays or during the week for their traditional class meeting.
"One major benefit of the hybrid online format is that it provides a student with the opportunity to have face-to-face contact with their instructor on a weekly basis while minimizing the amount of time required to meet on campus," said JCJC academic dean, Dr. Shannon Campbell. "This option is particularly beneficial to commuting students and working adults."
The new hybrid online format only requires a student to attend one 50-minute session per week with the remaining coursework conducted online. Forty-two year old Susan Kelly of Ellisville believes that 'face-time' will help in her hybrid online English class. She said this will be her first attempt at taking an online class. "I am a little scared about taking an online class because I need to see my teacher and have that interaction," said Kelly. "My teacher, Patti Smith, reassured me that she would always be available either by email, text or in person when I need her."
Kelly explained this option will give her more free time to do homework and eventually help her get an associate degree in nursing. "This opens a world of opportunities for those of us who have other obligations during the week," said Kelly. "These hybrid classes will make life a little bit easier and help me feel more comfortable with the online option, because I know I can see my teacher each week."