By Elizabeth Cunag
Students who work full-time struggle to find classes that meet their schedule. Programs such as The Weekend College need to offer classes in other locations.
Vince Chapman, an accounting major, who currently works full-time as a personal banker, said “Working a full schedule from 9 to 5 is exhausting.”
“I’ve been working and trying to take classes this semester but the days are so long that I end up dropping half of them before the semester’s over,” Chapman said.
Work and school can be overwhelming for students who are full-time workers while trying to get on track and attend school.
With a full work schedule, it’s hard to take classes during down time. This leads to working students coming to night classes that turn their eight-hour days into twelve-hour ones. This can lead to exhaustion and lack of sleep which can affect students’ performance not only at work, but also at school.
According to research by Shelley D Hershner and Ronald D Chervin, irregular sleep schedules have many unintended consequences, such as poor learning, memory and cognitive performance.
The Los Angeles Community College District offers The Weekend College program at four different campuses, all of which are far from ELAC.
The campuses participating in this program are: Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Pierce College and Los Angeles Valley College.
Nancy Vargas, a business administration major currently working as a legal aid, said she tried the weekend program and all of the classes at LACC are filled up so quickly that she was forced to trek all the way to Valley College.
“It really inconvenienced me more than anything. There was a lot of traffic getting there and coming back. I was constantly late despite leaving early. I eventually had to drop my weekend classes,” Vargas said.
The Weekend College provides high-demand classes at an accelerated pace. While this is good, they should aim to accommodate students who work full-time by making the program available at ELAC and other LACCD campuses.
Providing these resources to working students would be beneficial because students who are willing to balance school and work are generally more hard-working and serious.
Most importantly, all students should have the opportunity to take the classes most conveniently located to them that will set them up for success and educational achievement.
“If it came to ELAC I would join the Weekend College in a heartbeat,” Vargas said.
“There are no plans to bring The Weekend College to ELAC during the upcoming spring and summer semesters,” Matt Sagen, the representative of the Weekend College said.
“However, with enough people reaching out and requesting it, The Weekend College could be considered on other campuses like ELAC, but it would take a lot of coordination and approvals.”