Two x 2 x 2

Ready for some accelerated learning, built around an evening schedule of classes? A new program at Johnson County Community College allows you to complete a class – for college credit – in half the time.

The new Two x 2 x 2 program allows you to take a schedule of two classes, two nights a week twice a semester for two years.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to come to JCCC on Monday and Wednesday evenings for two years and earn credits for your general education transfer classes,” said Jim Lane, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at JCCC.

“You then can transfer in to a four-year Kansas Regent’s institution as a junior and begin work on the bachelor’s degree of your choice,” he said.

How does it work?

  1. You register to take two classes each night. One meets from 4 to 6:50 p.m. The next meets from 7 to 9:50 p.m.
  2. Those classes are held two nights a week. (Currently, the classes are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings.)
  3. You attend those classes for eight weeks – half the time of a “normal” class, which in the fall and spring semesters meet for 16 weeks.
  4. At the end of the first eight weeks, repeat. (Begin two more classes for the next eight weeks.)
  5. At the end of the semester, you will have completed four classes and earned 12 college credits!
  6. Earn up to 56 hours of transferrable college credit with the Two x 2 x 2 schedule.

The schedule was created with the working adult in mind, but enrollment is open to anyone who meets the registration and enrollment guidelines for JCCC.

“What makes this schedule unique is that it serves those who have full-time jobs or family situations that keep them out of daytime classes, or they have trouble managing extended nighttime and weekend college classes,” Lane said.

Two x 2 x 2 also allows students to concentrate on only two classes at once, instead of four or five. The tradeoff, of course, is that assignments are closer together.

Be prepared – short-term classes like the ones in the Two x 2 x 2 program move at a fast pace. If you fall behind, it will be more difficult to catch up. You’ll be completing the same amount of classwork that you would in a regular 16-week class, but you’ll be doing it in only eight weeks.

But don’t worry: help is nearby. “The college will offer close personal advising and counseling to help you achieve your educational goals,” Lane said. The key, he said, is to seek out those resources and ask for help.

The payoff is clear: at the end of four semesters and two summer sessions, you will have earned at least 57 hours of college credit and covered all your basic general education classes.

You’ll be ready to move on to a major and complete your associate’s degree at JCCC, or you can transfer those classes to any four-year Regents institution in Kansas.

To enroll, go to www.jccc.edu/enroll.

For more information, talk to a counselor at www.jccc.edu/counseling.

See a chart of classes at www.jccc.edu/academics/8-week-evenings.html.