Summer is about to kick off and with it comes a whole host of sweet courses at CCV!
While summer usually denotes lazing around, frequenting local swimming holes or kicking back with friends, summer is also the perfect opportunity to earn college credits and get a jump start before the fall semester.
Not sure if taking summer classes is worth it at all? Think again.
Isa Adney, the author of Community College Success, and the community college-centered blog, communitycollegesuccess.com, says taking summer classes is a great way to get ahead.
“Doing so can help students graduate on time or even sooner,” she said.
Who wouldn’t want that?
Your local CCV has tons of course options to choose from that are sure to jive with your summer plans.
If the idea of taking classes for the entire summer doesn’t suit your fancy, CCV offers “intensives” ranging in length from one to seven weeks. Anyone can do something for seven days!
Among these intensives are courses such as The Wild, Wild West, Food in Literature, Culture and Film.
Full-semester courses include American Detective Fiction and Native American Literature, both of which are worth three credits. You were (hopefully) going to crack open a book this summer anyway, so why not make it count? Check out the full offerings here.
If you want a break from the classroom but still want to gain experience, Adney suggests finding an internship in your field of study.
“Internships are a great way for students to explore career interests before they become stuck in a job after graduation that they may dislike,” she said. “They help students figure out what they like and dislike and also help students build valuable connections with mentors.”
Having an internship also looks great on a resume! If you do want to find an internship this summer, head over to careerSpot, CCV’s new student resource for all things job-related. There, you’ll find tools to help you write a killer resume and stand out to prospective employers in the future.
In addition to taking summer classes and participating in an internship, Adney suggests even more ways to stay sharp this summer.
“Read books that fascinate you, roam libraries and bookstores,” she said. “Explore widely. Go on random trips with friends and follow your interests without judgment.”
If you’re interested in making the most of your summer, check out what your local CCV has to offer by visiting ccv.edu/summer.