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College Fees Reduced: Spring College Classes Set for Willits and North County

Willits – The Mendocino College Willits Center has a full selection of community college classes set for the spring semester, beginning on Monday, January 22. Also starting this month is a statewide reduction in community college unit fees, reduced to $20 per unit, down from $26 last semester. Registration is currently in progress now by telephone or late walk-in beginning January 16 at the Willits Center.

"We’ve scheduled a full menu of classes in various formats this year to meet different student needs in our north county communities," says Willits Center Dean of Instruction Mark Rawitsch. "We’ve also added a convenient weekday morning General Education pattern for students who prefer to take classes in the earlier part of the day,” he adds.
Early registration for the spring semester is advised to help guarantee placement. "Many of our classes fill before the semester begins so we’re advising students to register early this semester,” Rawitsch explains.
Already enrolled students can register for classes using TelReg, the telephone registration system, by calling 468-3353.  New students can enroll online at For additional assistance, call the Willits Center at 459-6224.

The Willits Center offers about 120 college classes each year, with most spring classes starting this month. A few others begin a bit later in a shorter format for students who may not be able to attend for the full 17 week semester, including several Friday evening and Saturday classes in February and March this spring. Students can finish the Friday evening and Saturday classes in just two days. The Friday evening and Saturday combinations in Willits this spring include beginning Quicken, beginning Word for Windows, Excel, and first aid.
"One of the things most important to students these days is a choice for scheduling that meets their needs," says Rawitsch. "That’s why we also offer nearly all of our general education classes in Willits only one day a week in 3 hour blocks. Some students can’t afford the time and gasoline it takes to come to college several days a week. With careful planning with our academic counselor, Jessica Morris, students can set a class schedule allowing them to meet other important family or employment commitments without missing the chance to attend college classes," he adds. "For example, in Willits we schedule some of our morning classes so they begin just after moms or dads drop their children at school for the day. Those classes finish in the early afternoon before children need to be picked up by college student parents," Rawitsch explains. Other classes are only offered during the evening hours with most beginning after 5:30 or 6 p.m.  
Mendocino College has maintained its normal variety of Willits classes designed to meet the needs of university transfer students and those interested in job skill improvement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. Classes every day of the week cover the traditional range of general education college degree topics including English, math, history, biology, psychology, physical fitness, dance, art, voice, and more.

New Willits classes such as Keith Logenbach’s Managerial Accounting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Bob Alto’s Introduction to Film on Monday evenings, Danny Armanino’s Racial and Ethnic Relations on Thursday evenings, Pat Kearney’s low impact yoga class at mid-day on Mondays from 11 am – 1 pm, and Nash Gonzalez’ 1-day Real Estate Financial Calculations on Saturday March 31, are all included in the Willits semester lineup this spring.
Community college classes are also used by local residents interested in improving job skills or to plan for a new career. At the college center in Willits this spring, classes supporting this goal include those in child development, computers, guidance, business office technologies, English as a second language, elementary and intermediate algebra, math lab, and conversational Spanish.
Willits computer classes continue this spring in well-equipped computer lab facilities at the County Museum Railroad History Complex on East Commercial Street. Other Willits classes are also held there as well as at the Willits Center on Marin Street, Little Lake Grange and Willits High School. A Willits Center learning lab with student assessment computers, distance education study stations, access to all college online classes, and a student study area also supports Willits students this spring.

This spring the Willits Center will also offer a small selection of community college classes in Laytonville, Round Valley, and Anderson Valley. Students interested in classes in those locations should consult the printed college schedule or listings on the college webpage for details.
For nearly all students, community college costs are still affordable. "Many California residents are not aware that the new $20 per unit cost for community college classes is among the lowest in the nation, and that various forms of financial assistance allow for fee reductions for those that qualify," says Rawitsch.
For example, more than half the students who attend Mendocino College qualify for some form of financial aid. Many meet the guidelines that eliminate the unit fees and others receive grants to cover college costs. Grants do not need to be repaid. Students who may not meet grant requirements can receive information about college loans that, with current low interest rates, are now more affordable than in previous years. "No one should assume that they can’t afford college. Higher education is one of the best personal investments anyone can ever make. Even in difficult economic times, California’s community colleges still provide some of the most reasonably priced educational and student support services in the world. At Mendocino College and especially at the Willits Center, we also take great pride in our small college setting and the chance that affords to provide relatively small classes and personalized student support services when compared to larger, more impersonal colleges,” Rawitsch concludes.
For more information about upcoming Mendocino College classes, or to make a Willits counseling appointment, please consult the college’s Spring 2007 schedule recently mailed to local households, the Mendocino College website at or visit or call the Mendocino College Willits Center, 11 Marin Street in Willits, 459-6224.

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Created: January 05, 2007 @ 12:28 PM
Last Modified: January 05, 2007 @ 12:28 PM


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