CT Post, January 3, 2010

HCC Readies for Another Enrollment Jump

New Programs, Courses Await Students when Classes begin Jan. 22

F
resh from a record double- digit enroll­ment increase in the fall of 2009 semes­ter, Housatonic Community College (HCC) is preparing from another increase to its enrollment next semester.

In the fall semester, the college enrolled 5,609 students at its newly expanded downtown Bridgeport campus. That represents an increase of some 10.4 percent over the 5,018 students who registered in the fall of 2008, and a 111 percent increase over the 2,653 who registered in the fall of 1996, the college’s last semester at its old Barnum Avenue campus in the city’s east end.

“ We have been active in the community and encouraging people to take advantage of our programs to further their career goals,” said HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki. “Based on this, we anticipate an enrollment increase in spring 2010 semester and increased the number of classes we’re offering to accommodate that increase.”

Gone is the space crunch that plagued the college in the past. Eighteen months ago, HCC opened its new Beacon Hall on the Southern perimeter of the campus, which doubled the size of the college.

“ However, we encourage students to register early to ensure that they get the classes they want when they want them,” Gliniecki said.

Next semester, students will find a selection of new courses and programs. One is the Pathways to Teaching Careers program, which prepares student for careers as teachers of biology, chemi­stry, English, foreign language, mathematics and physics. Graduates of this program who meet minimum requirements are automatically accepted into the School of Arts & Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University to pursue their major, and have the opportunity to apply to the School of Education to pursue state certification.

Another is the Graphic Design: Multi Media option. This new program focuses on the multi­media area of the graphic design industry, includ­ing fundamentals of web design, animation, and digital video.

One new course associated with this program is Digital Video Editing, which will prepare stu­dents for planning and capturing digital video footage. In the course, students will assemble and edit footage into short movies using Apple Final Cut Pro.

Topics to be covered will include editing and trimming, audio mixing, timeline, QuickTime movies, output to tape and using filters and effects.

Other new courses include: • Sign Language II – A second course in the study of Sign Language used by the Deaf Community in the United States, this course continues to cover the fundamentals of the basic structure of sign- language grammar, vocabulary, finger- spelling/ numbers, visual- gestural com­munication, and information related to Deaf Culture and History. Special emphasis will be placed on its application in education.

• Sports Psychology –
This presents a com­prehensive study of the psychological concepts related to fitness and sports behavior. The course covers the history, evolution and foundations of this emerging field of study and practice. Topics include personal goal setting, motivation, imaging, personality characteristics of athletes, com­petitive anxiety, psychology of coaching, team cohesion, and the effects of sports on spectators.

This course will be helpful to those interested in organized sports activities.

• Advanced Digital Photography – The course consists of an advanced study of photo­graphic aesthetics, capture and printing tech­niques, and the history of photography. Students will utilize the latest image- editing software including Abobe Photoshop, Bridge, Aperture and Lightroom to create a portfolio of sophisti­cated digital images that reflect their personal creativity and vision. Students are required to provide their own manually adjustable digital cameras (single-lens reflex preferred), printing substrate as specified, and other photographic equipment and materials.

• Spanish for Medical Personnel –
This is a course containing the same language skills as Spanish 102 with an emphasis on vocabulary and content related to the medical field. It pro­vides medical personnel with the basic Spanish skills needed to interact with Spanish speaking patients in the health care delivery system. It also describes the diverse Spanish cultures and explains their role in health idioms and phrase­ology.

For more information, contact Admissions at 203- 332- 5100. Classes start Jan. 22.

Housatonic is located less than 150 yards off I- 95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 ( Exit 1) in downtown Bridgeport, a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.