New classes for fall 2014

What’s new for the fall semester 2014 at Johnson County Community College?

More online sections. New program names. Updated classes and curriculum to match.

Interesting new electives. All just waiting for your enrollment, which begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

More online sections for core classes

You enrolled in online courses, and JCCC responded accordingly.

“Online classes are incredibly popular, often the first to fill up,” said Andy Anderson, vice president for academic affairs.

To meet the demands of students, more professors have been shifting sections of their classes online and thinking up innovative ways of keeping online students motivated and on task.

“We understand the convenience of online classes, and we’re adapting our teaching methods to better utilize the online platform,” he said.

In all, 440 classes will be offered online: 4 percent more than in fall 2013.

To find these classes, search the Credit Fall 2014 class search for “online.”

Relaunched programs

Of the 38 brand-new classes for fall 2014, 13 fall within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program (HVAC). The career program that trains students to install, operate and repair climate-control systems underwent a complete reorganization.

“All the schools in Kansas got together to make one certificate and one degree (in HVAC),” said Howard Hendren, associate professor and chair of HVAC.

Another five new classes at JCCC come from the Apparel Design and Technology program, formerly known as Fashion Merchandising and Design.

Those offerings, JCCC’s own answer to the “Project Runway” challenge, include:

  • Apparel Fit, Alternations and Analysis (FASH 190)
  • Apparel Specification and Technology (FASH 255)
  • Apparel Product Development (FASH 270)

Nursing news and hospitality happenings

The nursing department offers six new classes, five of which relate to “Concepts of Nursing Care.” They are:

  • (Nursing) Foundations (NURS 100)
  • Childbearing, Family and Children (NURS 150)
  • Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Transition (NURS 175)
  • Adult Health Alterations (NURS 200)
  • Complex Patient Care Management (NURS 225)

The above classes vary in credit hours from three to 10 each semester, but all have a one-credit lab component.

Hospitality management and culinary education also has added four new classes, including a Special Topics course (HMGT 292) that allows professors to create timely topics. The first topic will be on the cuisine of New Orleans, said Aaron Prater, assistant professor of culinary education.

Exploring the options

The remainder of the new classes shows the diversity that Johnson County Community College offers its students.

Combine a love of history and architecture by taking Architectural History Before the Modern Era (ARCH 244).

Learn even more history with North American Indigenous Peoples History (HIST 180).

Criminal justice majors will want to check out Criminal Justice Communications (ADMJ 228), while audiophiles can sweeten their skills in Live Sound Production I and II (MUS 185 and 186).

Interested in a more global perspective? Consider taking these classes:

  • Introduction to Globalization (GIST 250)
  • Contemporary American Indian Cultures and Society (ANTH 136)
  • International Media (JOUR 220)
Rounding out the new classes for fall 2014 are Legal Research (LAW 195), Medical Anthropology (ANTH 160) and a one-credit business administration internship (BUS 270).