FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Students who are home from college can now earn class credit during the holiday break at Florence-Darlington Technical College. Out of 16 technical colleges in South Carolina, FDTC is the only technical college offering a holiday term.
Instead of a 16-week course, the holiday term is just three weeks long giving students a chance to receive full credit for a class or elective they may need before going back to school in January.
Convenience was key when the term was created and that's why each course is online. The Dean of Students, Mamie Harris says their priority was flexibility for students especially during the holidays. "That convenience of them being at home and it being online will give them that time for whenever they want to log in and it won't take away from family time," said Harris.
There are six primary classes offered: English Fiction, Political Science American Government, General Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Intro to Theatre, and College Algebra.
Academic affairs want the classes to appeal to a wider audience, no matter what college you attend. Harris says, "I'm very excited that this is a new segment of what we are going to offer to our community, because a lot of the students will be living in our service areas."
Depending on the class, final exams will be in the classroom or online the last 3 days of the term. Emily Jackson is a student at FDTC with a family at home and likes how fast pace the term is. "When I found out there were going to be classes over the holiday I thought it would be great to go ahead and take another one and get it out of the way and then maybe I wouldn't have to take one in the summer doing it ten weeks, I could do it three," says Jackson.
There are already sixty students enrolled and there is no cap to how many students the college is accepting."I do believe that once the word gets out that by next holiday term it will grow even larger because of its convenience, so we're excited about that. They still have a week to come in and enroll," Harris said.
The cost is the same as any other class during the semester. The holiday term starts December 14 and goes until December 31. Students can enroll all the way up until the first day by coming in to FDTC or calling 843-661-8324.