By Craig Ramey
Henry Winfrey faced a challenge last June after graduating from Pamlico High School. He wanted to begin college but needed to save money for tuition. Winfrey soon got a job at Broad St. Custom Signage in Oriental, but missed the deadline to register for Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) traditional fall semester.
Rather than wait until the following year to start his education, Winfrey found a different solution in Craven CC’s minimester. Also known as B-Term, this eight-week semester starts a few weeks after the fall and spring semesters begin, providing students an opportunity to take classes in a shorter amount of time. Classes offered during the minimester cover the same material as a traditional 12-week semester, and may take place in a classroom setting, online or a hybrid of the two.
“It was challenging to get everything together,” said Winfrey. “I didn’t know how to start off or set up my classes with my personal schedule, work and college or any of that.”
Craven CC advisors helped Winfrey utilize the fall minimester to begin his education in October with classes in English and music appreciation, which will be used toward his Associate in Fine Arts in Music.
“We hear stories like Henry’s all the time,” said Zomar Peter, Craven CC dean of enrollment. “Our students have busy lives and they often have to manage responsibilities at their job, at home and in class. Our job is to eliminate as many obstacles as possible between our students and their hopes for an education. That is why we have already started enrolling for the spring minimester. There’s still plenty of time for them to apply and find the schedule that’s right for them before classes begin on March 7.”
While Winfrey is now taking a traditional 12-week semester that continues to balance his work and educational goals, he recognizes that other students may have missed the spring registration deadline and are now considering the next minimester.
“It’s really not too late to enroll,” said Winfrey. “You just have to figure out what you want and what’s going to work for you and your employer.”
Winfrey still works for Broad St. Custom Signage and commutes from Oriental to attend class. After graduation, he plans to transfer to a university. He also has interest in taking veterinary tech classes offered by Craven CC’s workforce development program.
“That’s why I chose Craven,” said Winfrey. “I felt like they had more to offer.”
Students interested in taking classes during the spring 2018 minimester are encouraged to apply soon to ensure all of the steps in the admission process can be completed in time. New students would first need to apply for residency determination by going to the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/apply, then apply for financial aid, acquire college and high school transcripts, and take placement tests, if needed.
Current CC students can meet with the Admissions department, or meet with their academic advisor to see if adding a minimester class to their schedule would benefit them.
The B-Term class list can be accessed through the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/classes.
For more information, call the college at the New Bern campus (252) 638-7200, Havelock campus (252) 444-6005 or MCAS Cherry Point office (252) 444-6000. Or visit www.cravencc.edu.
The story originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.