New and Improved

November 23, 2015

JCCC offers 110 new classes for the 2015-2016 year. Find out which one(s) might fit your academic goals

Looking for a new class at Johnson County Community College? You’re in luck. You can choose from 110 of them.

Yep – you read that right. There are triple digits on the number of classes with a  “new” sticker right on the label. (Metaphorically speaking.)

Full disclosure: about half of these classes are truly “never before seen” in the college catalog. The other half underwent a major overhaul, enough to change their title or number as well as their content.

Also adding to the high tally: these new classes were for both fall semester 2015 and for spring 2016. Instead of having separate catalogs listing classes for only one semester, JCCC has switched to a single academic-year catalog.

One united catalog

The change will allow students to plan a year’s worth of classes and be more proactive in their graduation plan, explained Clarissa Craig, associate vice president for instruction.

“An annual catalog is more typical for colleges and universities,” Craig said, noting that JCCC is actually returning to the yearly catalog.

Major changes to what came before

Some departments, such as cosmetology and web technologies, have overhauled their curriculum entirely, leading to new names and numbers for the classes they provide.

Others have switched focus, such as sustainable agriculture. The certificate program originally incorporated “entrepreneurship” within its title and focus. Its new emphasis is on more agriculture and less business.

Trailblazing in technology

Brand new to the college are neurodiagnostic technology and automation engineering technology. While the first concentrates on the human brain and nervous system, the second concentrates on electrical systems, robotics and fluid power in an industrial setting (the “nervous system” of an automated factory floor, for example).

If you’re interested in helping people use their computers and you like to solve problems, you may want to consider three new options offered under the umbrella of “computer support specialist.”

Learn how to troubleshoot software, hardware and networking problems and become a technical support specialist, a help desk technician or other related role.

Work to achieve your A+ certificate, your networking+/security+ certificate or your associate of applied science degree in computer support specialist.

Special Topics from departments

A Special Topics class (numbered as 292) allows departments to offer a unique or specialized aspect of its curriculum. Like a bright comet streaking across the sky, Special Topics classes are temporary strokes of brilliance.

Oftentimes, professors suggest these classes because they have an affinity for or attachment to the topic, and they want to share their specialty with their students.

For spring 2016, consider:

  • BUS 292: Special Topics: E-Business. Learn about the principles of e-commerce from a business perspective, including business and technology topics, business models, innovation and marketing strategies.  (Also listed as MKT 292.) Ann Barthol, digital channel manager for Sprint and previous director of eCommerce/Omnichannel at Hallmark Cards, will teach the class.
  • ENG 292: Special Topics: Vampire Literature. There’s more to it than just Dracula and “Twilight.” Check out an interview with Paul Restivo, who again will be teaching the class, in The Campus Ledger.
  • HMGT 292: Special Topics: Ingredients. This class takes a closer look at the pieces that construct the whole. Can ingredients make a drastic difference in the final outcome?
  • PHIL 292: Special Topics: Symbolic Logic. While helpful to everyone, an understanding of symbolic logic is especially important for students studying math and computers.

Other classes worth considering

Still at a loss for what to take? Here’s a list of some of the more established departments’ latest offerings for credit students:

  • ANTH 165: Linguistic Anthropology. This new course is an introduction to the interaction between language and culture. See how race, ethnicity, gender and other cultural identities are expressed through language.
  • ARCH 220: Sustainability in the Built Environment. Can we build to be more sustainable? And why should we? This class examines the societal goal of sustainability in building.
  • MKT 180: Experiential Marketing. Do you learn best by doing? This class is a series of hands-on marketing experiences, from job shadowing to a marketing simulation to a professional development plan.
  • WEB 233: Visual Storytelling. Write scripts, design storyboards, and use narration and music to tell a story. Communicate visually, sharing ideas and meaning.
For more information on what classes are right for you, talk to your counselor and develop a plan. Enroll now for best class selection.