College to offer students four options with various ways to learn
PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College has announced its plans for the Fall 2020 semester with “San Jac My Way,” providing students with four different ways to learn, both in-person and online: Online Anytime, Online on a Schedule, Flex Campus, and Hands-On Hybrid.
- ONLINE Anytime allows students to take classes online, at any time. This is the most flexible of the four options, allowing students to work on coursework whenever their schedule allows, without having to come to campus.
- The ONLINE on a Schedule option also delivers coursework online, but the lectures and virtual instruction will occur at specific times on certain days, just as a typical face-to-face course would occur.
- Hands-On HYBRID is for the technical and applied skill courses. Most class instruction will be delivered online. Students will come to campus in small groups to complete hands-on learning and practical testing.
- The FLEX Campus is the College’s newest, and most unique, course delivery option. This option allows students to spend some time in the classroom with an instructor, in addition to online learning. Small groups of students in each class will have the option to attend in person, following all CDC and College health and safety protocols, while the remaining students will access the same coursework online. The small groups will rotate so all students in a class have multiple chances to attend in person, although it’s never a requirement to attend in-person.
“We understand that many students have concerns about what the Fall semester will look like, and we hope that by offering these flexible options, our students will find one that works for them,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “A task force of faculty and staff reviewed the work we did in the spring when we moved all instruction online. ‘San Jac My Way’ was developed with the success of our students in mind. I commend our entire team for creating options that focus on our students while keeping their health and safety a top priority.”
In total, 4,822 courses were converted to one of these four modalities for the fall 2020 term. That equates to approximately 29 percent of the courses as Online Anytime, 56 percent as Online On A Schedule, 14 percent Hands-on Hybrid, and 1 percent in the Flex Course model.
Registration for fall semester is now open. The fall term begins on Monday, August 24. All students and employees who come to campus for the fall will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire every day, wear a face covering, and follow social distancing protocols. San Jacinto College will also continue to follow and adhere to guidelines from local and state health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control.
Student services will remain available to all students enrolled this fall, regardless of which course modality a student selects. Services include online tutoring and advising, on-campus document drop-off, and virtual appointments for things such as admissions, career services, dual credit, financial aid, testing, veterans services, and more.
To learn more about “San Jac My Way” and plans for the Fall 2020 term, visit the San Jacinto College website at sanjac.edu/sjc-my-way.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.