AVON PARK, Fla. – July 21, 2016 – Through an expanding array of online courses, South Florida State College is turning the computer into the classroom and making it possible for students to complete the first two years of college at their own pace and on their own terms.

In fact, SFSC students can earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree entirely by taking online courses. It’s a way of expanding educational opportunities to people who need the convenience of making their college studies revolve around their work and family lives.

Online courses also appeal to students who have been away from the classroom and want to determine whether they are ready to commit to continuing their education.

 “SFSC’s online courses are ideal for students juggling the demands of family life, busy work schedules, and other circumstances which may not allow them to attend college in the traditional setting,” said Dr. Sidney Valentine, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

Students who enroll in SFSC’s online courses use the same textbooks, receive the same educational content, and interact via email with SFSC instructors who teach campus courses. Online classes start and end on the same dates as SFSC’s regular fall, spring, and summer terms, and the tuition for online and regular classes is the same. Most importantly, students receive the same college credit that counts toward the completion of a degree or occupational certificate.

SFSC also offers online courses geared toward students studying for entry into an occupation. A few of those courses are Introduction to Criminal Justice for law enforcement and Introduction to Teaching Profession for prospective teachers.

Select online courses are also available to students who have been accepted into SFSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM) and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) programs.

The complete list of online courses can be found at www.southflorida.edu under “Class Schedules.”

Prospective students can get one-stop assistance by dropping by SFSC College Assistance Express Days, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday, July 25, Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 9. Anyone can stop by the Building B Welcome Center on the Highlands Campus and get help filling out their college application and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to start fall classes. For more information about College Assistance Express Days, call Summer Miller, recruiter, at 784-7447 or email her at summer.miller@southflorida.edu. The list of documentation students need to bring with them can be found at www.southflorida.edu/collegedays.

Advisors are also available to assist students at all SFSC locations during their regular hours.