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August 1, 2012

Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact: Mendocino College Willits Center; 707-459-6224


LAKEPORT -- The Mendocino College Lake Center will offer a wide selection of community college classes this fall beginning on Monday, August 20. Registration is currently in progress online at the college website or through walk-in registration at the Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Drive in Lakeport. Early registration is advised to help guarantee placement because some college classes fill before the semester begins. The college’s Lake Center offers about 200 college classes each year, with most fall classes starting this month. A small choice of Lake Center classes begins after Labor Day to accommodate students employed in local summer jobs.

"One of the things most important to students is a choice for scheduling that meets their needs," says Lake Center Dean of Instruction Mark Rawitsch. "That’s why we also offer some of our general education classes in Lakeport 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 counselors, Kurt Combs and Guillermo Garcia, 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. Counselor Garcia joined the Lake Center staff in July and, in addition to regular academic counseling, he will also serve as the college counselor for Native American students in both Lakeport and Ukiah.

The Mendocino College Lake Center offers community college classes designed to meet the needs of university transfer students, those interested in developing job skills, and others needing to brush up their basic skills in college English, math and study skills. High school students can also meet some graduation requirements or begin their college careers by taking college classes locally. Mendocino College has waived unit fees for currently enrolled high school students.

Fall Lake Center classes cover a range of general education college degree and university transfer topics including English, math, history, biology, geology, anthropology, psychology, music, art, and more. Community college classes are also used by local residents interested in improving job skills or to plan for a new career. Lake Center classes supporting this goal include those in administration of justice, child development, college and career success, computers, economics, English as a second language, elementary and intermediate algebra, environmental science, sociology, philosophy, health, math lab, and conversational Spanish.

"Each semester the Lake Center schedules college classes in both day and evening formats to meet local educational needs," says college Dean Mark Rawitsch. "Our Lakeport program serves as an introduction to the California Community College System and its network of student support services such as academic counseling, financial aid, low-cost college classes, university transfer guarantees, scholarships and more," Rawitsch says. "A major mission of the state’s public community colleges is to help provide quality education at the lowest possible cost to students and their families.  Many students can qualify for financial aid, fee waivers, grants, loans, and scholarships, so no one should think that they can't afford to go to college. Interested students just need to take that first step and contact us to explore all the ways we can help," Rawitsch explains.

Serving the local business community, evening Lake Center business classes this semester include Introduction to Management on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:50 pm, and many courses in the college Business Office Technology program series such as Medical Transcription, Powerpoint for Presentations, Business Calculators, Word Processing, Database Management, and more.

New to Lakeport this fall will be one class in the college Sustainable Technology program series. Introduction to Residential Electrical Systems will be offered on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4 pm. “The Saturday electrical systems class is a good place to begin the new Sustainable Technology program and is being offered in Lakeport for the first time so local students interested in construction careers can begin the program or simply take the one class to improve their construction job skills,” Rawitsch adds. The class is a core requirement for the new Sustainable Tech Residential Performance and Efficiency Certificate of Achievement. Other Sustainable Tech classes are available this fall in Ukiah and Willits.

In addition to weekly class meetings, the Lake Center learning lab with student assessment computers, distance education study stations, access to all college online classes, college library resources, and a student study area also supports Lake County students this fall. “Students who may not have their own computers can use Lake Center facilities to work on college projects using college computers in our learning lab or computer lab,” Rawitsch explains.

Many California residents are not aware that the $46 per unit cost for classes is still among the lowest in the nation. Financial assistance allows for fee reductions for those that qualify. 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. All students interested in receiving financial aid should make early plans to complete the appropriate paperwork.

The fall semester begins on Monday, August 20, and continues through December 14. Admission, registration and counseling services for any class offered by the college, including online classes or others at the main campus in Ukiah, are available at the Lake Center on Parallel Drive adjacent to Highway 29 in Lakeport.

For more information about upcoming Mendocino College classes, or to make a Lakeport counseling appointment to plan your fall schedule, please consult the college’s Fall 2012 schedule online at the Mendocino College websit or visit or call the Mendocino College Lake Center, 1005 Parallel Drive in Lakeport, 263-4944.


Created: August 02, 2012 @ 07:11 AM
Last Modified: August 02, 2012 @ 07:19 AM


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