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JCCC to offer classes at Shawnee Mission North High School this fall

06/16/14

JCCC to offer classes at Shawnee Mission North High School this fall

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — College students in northeast Johnson County won’t have to travel far for college classes, starting in September.

The College Close to Home program at Johnson County Community College will offer evening classes four nights a week at Shawnee Mission North High School, 7401 Johnson Drive. The addition of Shawnee Mission North means students can take credit classes at six locations in Johnson County in addition to the main college campus, as well as in Lawrence.

“The majority of our College Close to Home students live closer to the location where they’re taking classes than to the main campus,” said Loralee Stevens, assistant dean for community outreach and credit instruction, who added that she expects that the Shawnee Mission North location will draw students from the five ZIP codes surrounding the high school. “It’s a prime location for us.”

JCCC classes being offered at Shawnee Mission North during the fall semester are Introduction to Administration of Justice, Composition 1, Elementary Spanish 1, Introduction to Psychology and Public Speaking.

College Close to Home got its start in the late 1990s as a way to deliver credit classes to students in all parts of Johnson County without asking students to make the drive to the main campus at College Boulevard and Quivira Road in Overland Park.

Gardner was the first location, with sites added over time in Spring Hill, Blue Valley, DeSoto, northeast Johnson County, Olathe and Lawrence.

Shawnee Mission North was the first northeast Johnson County location for JCCC, with evening classes offered there from 2000 to 2002. The College Close to Home site then moved to Mission Center Mall, Bishop Miege North and King’s Cove office building, returning to Shawnee Mission North this fall.

Stevens is delighted by the return to Shawnee Mission North. “It’s an educational setting in a residential neighborhood,” she said, recalling how many students who attended classes at North in the first go-round mentioned that they lived just a few blocks from the school.

Stevens expects to see adult students at the location, as well as high school students interested in picking up college credit through JCCC’s Quick Step program. Studies show that students who earn college credit during high school are more likely to go on to college and to earn a higher grade point average once they’re there.

For more information about College Close to Home, contact Stevens at 913-469-2750.

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