It may be summer weather but the fall semester has started and students are off and running during the first week of classes at Scottsdale Community College.
The semester officially started Aug. 20 but most classes began Monday, Aug. 22.
This semester nearly 8,000 students will be taking at least one class at SCC. Of those, about 25 percent will taking a full load — 12 credits or more, according to a press release.
Based on the $86 a credit hour tuition rate set by the Maricopa Community Colleges Board of Governors, students who are county residents and taking a full-time load of 12 credits will pay $1,032.
If past trends are any indicator, more than three quarters of SCC students will continue taking courses at the college in the spring semester.
When students were asked about their educational plans, 39 percent said they plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, 19 percent were seeking skills for a job or career advancement, 17 percent are high school students taking dual enrollment college courses offered at their high schools, and 13 percent were taking courses for personal enrichment.
On average more than 2,000 degrees or certificates of completion will be awarded to 1,200 students during the school year.
When it comes to diversity, the school’s student body reflects the surrounding community. Last spring, the student demographic makeup was 63 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 6 percent Native American, 5 percent African American and 4 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, the release stated.
The ethnic origin of another 7 percent of the student body was unknown.
The average age of an SCC student is 26.
Students are encouraged to get involved in college activities, such as joining one or more of 32 student clubs; participating in Homecoming Week, which kicks off on Oct. 24 and culminates Oct. 29 with a football matchup against Mesa Community College; attending academic events such as the World Hunger Fair, Genocide Awareness Week, and Inclusiveness Month; and attending student fine and performing arts events.
Moreover, students have access to many free resources, including the school’s Writing Center for help with writing assignments, the math and science tutoring centers as well as tutoring centers for accounting and statistics and social/behavioral sciences.
In addition, the school also offers counseling and advising.
This semester’s students will be the first to use the school’s newly renovated library outfitted with the latest high-tech access used in today’s modern learning environments.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.