PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (July 7, 2014) – Classes start next month for college and dual credit high school students at the Rend Lake College Murphy-Wall campus in Pinckneyville. Registration is on-going and the first classes begin Monday, Aug. 4, with the Certified Nursing Assistant class. General education courses start Monday, Aug. 18.
Among the class offerings are Art Appreciation (ART 1101), College Biology for Non-Majors (BIO 1100), Principles of Effective Speaking (COMM 1101), Intro to Computers (CSCI 1101), Rhetoric and Composition I (ENGL 1101), Health Education (HEA 1101), Health Care Terminology (HECO 1202), American History II (HIST 2102), Orientation (1101), Physical Science (PHSC 1101), Intro to Psychology (PSYC 2101), and Intro to Sociology (SOCI 1101).
These classes are open to everyone, and they carry an added benefit for Pinckneyville Community High School students. Last year, 191 students enrolled in the dual credit program from PCHS received 667 credit hours, saving them a total of $63,365 in tuition alone. The classes offered this fall can continue the savings for in-district students.
Tuition is free for in-district high school students taking Rend Lake College dual credit classes, and tuition up to eight hours per semester is waived for in-district high school students taking dual enrollment classes. Students need to apply to Rend Lake College and receive permission from a high school official to enroll in classes at Rend Lake College. High school students must be junior or senior status or 16 years or older to take college classes through dual credit or dual enrollment.
“Dual credit and dual enrollment classes are a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get a head start on their college career without having to pay college tuition, and only minimal amounts for books and fees,” said Heather Bauersachs, Murphy-Wall Campus Coordinator. “It is possible for students to get, at least, a semester or more of college classes completed right here in Pinckneyville. I am happy to meet with any students and parents that might have questions regarding dual credit or dual enrollment classes.”
In addition to the general education courses, some specialized programs and workshops will be held. One section of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA 1201) program and a GED class are in the books.
There will also be a CPR class hosted by the American Heart Association on Monday, Sept. 16; a Computer Basics class held Oct. 8 – 15; and three Community Education classes including Fall Wood Pallet on Monday, Sept. 23; Bow and Tutu on Tuesday, Oct. 7; and Christmas Bow and Tutu on Tuesday, Dec. 2. More detailed information will be listed in our Fall Community Education catalog.