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August 18, 2018


Use your time wisely and enroll in college classes sooner rather than later!

 

Seize the opportunity to earn college credits by enrolling in College Now at Johnson County Community College. As part of an Early College initiative, you can receive college credits for classes you’re taking at your high school.

Of course, College Now classes are tougher than the high school curriculum and teachers may push you to achieve higher goals, but the benefits are worth it. With College Now, you’ll get an academic preview of the differences between college and high school courses, and walk into your first semester with credits already under your belt. Steps to enroll are simple, too.

Top-notch teaching

The quality of instruction for a College Now class parallels on-campus classes. For example, the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently profiled Jeff Witters, a JCCC College Now instructor and Olathe South High School teacher.

The mission of AAAS is to promote “science literacy to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality science education,” and Witters does just that in his classroom. He teaches College Biology and College/AP Environmental Science as well as Field and Lab Biology.

At Olathe South, Witters and his students rehabbed an abandoned greenhouse as a sustainability project. As he told AAAS Spotlight, “It is now the center of a campus farm used regularly by two courses and more than 150 students this year, with over 700 square feet of growing beds, an orchard and a growing space inside, heated with hot compost in the winter.”

In the fall, Witters and his students harvest tomatoes and peppers, giving away 15 to 25 bags of fresh veggies each week to students in need.

Witters' wife, Lani Witters, also teaches science at JCCC. As an Assistant Professor in Biology, she leads classes like BIOL 127-General Zoology and BIOL 130-Environmental Science.

“Our students are lucky to have both of these effective and respected Environmental Science professors on our team,” said Deb Williams, Professor and Chair of Environmental Science at JCCC.

Get your game on NOW

Be ahead of the game. Get your college career in gear before you pass “Go” in high school. For your school’s College Now schedule, start online or consult your high school counselor for more information. Transfer your credits to JCCC or to many other colleges. Apply today.

How to enroll in College Now