Not too late to take classes

Registration for short-term classes in the spring begin in early April.

By Kimberly Linares, Staff Writer

Valley College is offering a selection of short-term accelerated courses during the spring 2019 term that enable student success by allowing the fulfillment of educational goals.

Late-start courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters, and the length of such classes are eight weeks, half that of a normal semester. As for this spring, late-start classes begin April 8 and end June 3.

Most classes offered satisfy major, certificate and general education requirements. A total of 34 subjects are a part of this semester’s late start classes including anthropology, art, biology, child development, chicano studies, communication, English, health, geology, and math. These courses are offered in various forms such as online or hybrid classes, but on-campus courses are also an option.

“Online classes give students the flexibility to work around their work and social life schedules, allowing them to accelerate the transfer process,” said Jose Montes at the Admissions and Records Office.

Given that Valley is part of the Los Angeles Community College District, anyone within the district is entitled to enroll in late start class at Valley because they can receive credit for such coursework, which goes towards their transfer or certificate completion.

“Late-start classes will allow me to further continue my schooling because of personal reasons I wasn’t able to attend classes during the first few weeks of the spring semester at Pierce,” said Yoyce de la Rosa, a student at Pierce College. “Valley is giving me that option.”

Although late start courses are shorter than typical semester length courses, the amount of units received for each class is the same.

“If you have received your disbursement as a full-time student and maintained the enrollment it will not impact your eligibility. If you are short in units to qualify as a full-time student, the student may be eligible for more disbursement once they register for more units,” states the Valley website.

Adding late-start classes can be done through the schools website by clicking on the icon that says register now on the homepage.

If you need any help you can always visit the Admissions and Record Office located in the Student Services Annex Center. Their hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m to 1 p.m. The updated list of late-start classes is available online at