Carroll college to move classes

June 24, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

In an attempt to better serve students from the Mount Airy area, Carroll Community College will offer six credit courses this fall semester at the Mount Airy Senior Center.

For the past four years, the college has held the courses at the Mount Airy Middle School.

The change in location will provide a more "collegiate" setting for students, said Jim Bruns, Carroll Community College's vice president for academic affairs.

"The aesthetics of being in a building that's designed for adults -- that's the key reason for this change," Mr. Bruns said.

He said many students didn't like the small desks at the middle school.

Mount Airy's location on the border of Carroll and Frederick counties led both counties' community colleges to create a cooperative arrangement four years ago, said Lee Frazier, associate dean for continuing education at Frederick Community College.

"We felt there was an audience in each county close to that center that we would be able to serve more conveniently here rather than at the main campuses," Mr. Frazier said.

Students from each county register at their home campus, so they can pay "in-county" tuition rates.

As part of the cooperative agreement, community college instructors from Carroll teach three courses and Frederick instructors teach three.

"We're simply sharing the cost of instructors, and it makes it a very efficient way to offer courses in the Mount Airy area," Mr. Bruns said.

The six courses scheduled for the fall semester are Psychology 101, Speech 101, English 101, Business 101, History 111 and Economics 122.

Mr. Bruns said the courses can be used at both Carroll and Frederick community colleges to meet general education requirements.

Carroll Community College will continue to offer its noncredit courses at Mount Airy Middle School.

While both colleges are satisfied with the cooperative arrangement, they'd like to see enrollment increase, Mr. Frazier said.

"We thought there might be more students [taking Mount Airy courses] but we haven't been marketing it that hard," he said.

Neither Frederick nor Carroll community college could provide figures on the number of students enrolled in the Mount Airy courses.

"We're trying to increase our presence in Mount Airy and react to a need in that community for higher education courses," Mr. Bruns said.

"And by combining with Frederick, we think we're providing a pretty attractive series of courses."

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