In 2017, South Florida State College will do something it hasn’t done in years. But this time around SFSC with do it with a twist: offer college credit classes on Friday.

The twist is the classes will meet only on Fridays.

With the Jan. 4 start of the spring academic term students can take an introductory psychology class that meets only on Friday morning and an introductory speech communication class that meets only on Friday afternoon.

“Many years ago, a class at SFSC would meet either Tuesdays and Thursdays or Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,” said Lynn MacNeill, interim dean for the Division of Arts and Sciences. “In 2017, we’re going to experiment with two classes that meets only on Fridays.”

Students can take the psychology class 9 -11:45 a.m., break for lunch, and take the speech communication class 1-3:45 p.m., MacNeill said. “At the term’s end, they’ll earn six credit hours with just one day on campus each week.

At present, all college credit classes at SFSC meet Monday through Thursday. Occupational certificate classes like automotive services technology and cosmetology meet Monday through Friday.

MacNeill said the experiment come about as a result of a community survey that gauged the interest of residents in SFSC’s service district.

“The survey data showed residents wanted class offerings they could attend on Fridays only,” MacNeill noted. “So, we’re putting it to the test with the hope it will prove a success and lead to more classes offered on Friday.”

MacNeill observed the Friday-only classes are an opportunity for prospective students who haven’t taken a class to get on campus and acclimated to a college setting.

Spring term registration for all students, new and returning, begins on Nov. 18. MacNeill said now is the time for new students interested in the Friday classes get an admission application started. Current students with more than 20 credit hours can start registering on Nov 4.

“New students need to get admitted, registered, and complete the orientation process,” MacNeill said. “These next several weeks are just the time to get that out of the way before classes start on Jan 4.”

No prerequisite courses are required to enroll in the two Friday classes, making them ideal offerings for new students who want to start earning college credit hours. MacNeill also noted both classes will count toward the degree requirements for an associate degree.

New students can start an admission application by visiting the SFSC website www.southflorida.edu and clicking the “Apply Now” link. Speak with SFSC’s Financial Aid Office, as financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Onsite guidance is available at the SFSC Advising and Counseling Center located on the SFSC Highlands Campus, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; or, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays. Prospective and current students can call the center at 863-784-7131.