There’s still time to get started on college classes this fall with Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) eight-week mini-semester. Designed to help students who want to get a take classes before the spring semester begins, the mini-semester kicks off Oct. 18 with some of the 33 classes offered at Craven CC, including business, computing, welding, English, music appreciation, composites, psychology, math and economics.

“We have had a strong demand for courses this semester, so we've added new sections online and at the New Bern and Havelock campuses,” said Gery Boucher, vice president for students at Craven CC.

The mini-semester, also known as “B-Term,” offers students the opportunity to take an extra class. It’s also a chance for students who were not able to sign up for courses during the regular fall registration period.

“We’re here to help current and new students find the right options,” said Zomar Peter, dean of Enrollment Management at Craven CC.

“Whether they’re interested in B-Term classes this semester or enrolling in the upcoming spring semester, I invite students to come by and meet with Student Services,” added Peter. “We’re here to help.”

“It’s never too late. Just jump in and do it,” said former student Rodnekia Stewart. Coming from New Bern High School, she missed the fall enrollment deadline, but B-Term started just eight weeks later. “Do it while you can,” she said.

Stewart completed her Associate of Arts and Associate in General Education Degrees in 2016 and is currently enrolled in NC Wesleyan’s Psychology bachelor’s degree program offered on the New Bern campus. She is working full time, but has continued with her studies in Psychology and Organizational Management. The convenience of having partnerships at Craven CC with Universities like NC Wesleyan, NCSU and ECU make achieving a four-year degree while staying in Craven County a reality.

“My aunt Betty Credle, mother Mariette Mewborn and grandmother Marian Gorham really encouraged me to pursue my dreams,” said Stewart. “I’m so glad I took their advice and came to Craven.”

Craven CC offers accelerated courses for students who are interested in quickly completing courses in a convenient format. With accelerated classes, Craven CC offers the traditional 16-week course and compresses the material into an eight-week mini-semester that offers the same course content and credits as the traditional fall semester.

Classes offered during B-Term can be more demanding than in traditional classes, which offers a more flexible format for the dedicated student. In addition to completing a class in less time, B-Term allows students to go from part-time to full-time status mid-semester. B-Term also offers a flexible option for students who have jobs or family circumstances that prevent them from taking on a full load of courses.

The deadline to register for B-Term is Oct. 17. Now is also a good time for students to apply for financial aid if they’re thinking about enrolling for the spring semester. Registration for spring begins Nov. 7.

For more information about registering for classes at Craven CC, call 252-638-7200 or visit the college's website at: www.cravencc.edu.

Craig Ramey is director of communications at Craven Community College