College Makes Schedule Adjustments

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The soaring prices at the pump force one southeastern Kentucky college to make adjustments to it's class schedule.

Students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College spend a lot of time on the road to get their education.

Administrators realize that and they're now trying to do what they can to give students a break.

Heather Whitaker is studying physical therapy at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and also raising a family.

To attend classes she has to drive back and forth from Harlan to Cumberland and even to Corbin.

As you can imagine she spends a lot on gasoline.

She's looking forward to one less day of driving.

College administrators are trying to help students by reducing 3 day a week classes to two.

“Those costs mount up quickly so we decided we had to take action to help our students out in the best way we can,” Wheeler Conover said.

College administrators are working with teachers who are trying to figure out other ways to teach that third day of instruction. Most likely through the internet.

“Juggling schedules being able to provide assignments in an alternative manner so students don't have to show up five days a week,” Conover said.

“Those hours I'm not at work, I'm not getting paid for! So cutting down to two days a week will certainly help me on my budget by not spending on gas that extra day and then being able to work to support my family even more,” Whitaker said.

With the new changes Heather Whitaker hopes she won't have to spend that extra money she makes at the pump.

Officials at Southeast point out nearly 20% of their courses are already taught completely over the internet already.

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