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SRJC to expand online course offerings

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Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has been awarded a $460,000 grant to expand its online pathways for career and technical education. The grant will help SRJC’s Career Education (CE) program create more fully-online CE and Adult Education courses and certificates.

The college’s Office of Distance Education will administer the grant and work with faculty to produce additional online CE courses.

“The classes created through this grant will not just expand the selection of courses available online, but will add features such as welcome videos, interactive discussion forums, and adaptive learning elements that will engage students in the learning process and ultimately improve their chances of success,” said Lisa Beach, the director of distance education at SRJC, in a press release announcing the grant.

The grant will allow instructors to pilot new educational technology and will introduce faculty to open educational resources, which could help reduce costs for students.

During the 2017/18 academic year, 32 percent of all SRJC students took one or more online classes, and 15 percent enrolled only in online classes.

“Online courses are the most rapidly growing part of SRJC. This grant will go a long way in helping us ensure that our online programs are on par with the outstanding classroom education we have provided to Sonoma County for more than 100 years,” said SRJC superintendent and president Frank Chong.

For more information about SRJC’s online certificate programs, visit santarosa.edu.

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