College of Marin Offers New Weekend and Evening Transfer/Degree Classes at IVC

College of Marin

New Slate of Courses Focuses on Transfer to University/Degree Completion in Just 2 Years

Novato, CA—July 12, 2011—College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus (IVC) has revamped its class schedule for fall 2011 adding a new slate of weekend and evening courses for students who want to transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting university or earn an associate degree. This is the first time that IVC has offered a focused sequence of evening and weekend courses that will allow students to transfer in two years.

For California residents, completing the freshman and sophomore years of a baccalaureate at a community college before transferring to a university can save students thousands of dollars on the cost of their degree. The new transfer option at IVC comes at a time when tuition costs are on the rise at most universities. California residents pay $36 per unit to enroll at COM.

“This new program offers a practical option for full-time students who want to transfer to a university or complete an associate degree in two years,” said Dr. David Wain Coon, College of Marin Superintendent/President. “It also provides access for students who work during the day and for high school students who want to get a jump start on their college education.”

The curriculum for this program is rigorous and students must enroll in all classes in the general education Transfer/Associate Degree sequence in order to complete the program in two years. In addition, new students must take an assessment test prior to enrolling in the required transfer level mathematics and English courses (English 150 and Math 115: Probability and Statistics).

“We all know the positive impact that education and career training has on earning power,” said Craig Nelson, who leads the staffing divisions of the Nelson Family of Companies and also serves as chair of the Workforce Investment Board of Marin County. “During this time of economic transition, we find that many working adults who, have not completed college degrees, are interested in taking the next step in their education by going to school at nights and weekends.”

“It is a real boon to ambitious working adults committed to improving their earning power while still keeping their day jobs,” Nelson said. “Thank you College of Marin for being such a great resource to our community!”

The evening and weekend program is the latest step in the ongoing evolution of the Indian Valley Campus. Not only are there several new buildings paid for with Measure C Bond Funds, but there are exciting new programs such as the Marin Regional Simulation Center for healthcare students, solar technology installation courses and an award-winning organic farm program.

“IVC has stepped up to serve the community—from the working adult to the accelerating high school senior who wants to get a jump on college work before graduating from high school,” said Nanda Schorske, dean of Workforce Development and Community Partnerships. “The response has been tremendous. This program is just one of the reasons why IVC has enjoyed such a great revitalization!”

Students who need to complete pre-college-level English and mathematics requirements before enrolling in transfer preparation courses may also sign up for evening and weekend classes.

Fall semester begins Aug. 15. Enrollment in the Night and Weekend Degree/Transfer program is limited. Interested students should apply and register early. Students may apply and register online at www.marin.edu. For more information about this new program, call (415) 883-2211, ext. 8204.

College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus is located at 1800 Ignacio Blvd., in Novato, California. More information about IVC is available online at www.marin.edu/IVC/

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