June 4, 2014

Why Summer College? Why Now?

A Dean’s Thoughts on Summer Study at a Community College

The start of Housatonic Community College's final summer session is just around the corner. As an enrolled college student home for the summer from studies elsewhere, you may ask yourself, “Why take summer courses?” “Why now?”

Housatonic Dean of Community Outreach Denise Bukovan offers ten reasons why:

  1. Conquer summer boredom; do something constructive;
  2. Keep that gray matter sharp; recover from last semester’s burn out;
  3. Learn something new, just for fun, a change of pace;
  4. Save money, lots of money, in comparison to other colleges;
  5. Make up for lost credits; put your free time to good use;
  6. Retake those courses you failed out of and must take again; it should be easier the second time around;
  7. Load up on extra credits you transfer to your home institution; lighten your fall load and shorten time to graduation;
  8. Save time - complete a course in just four weeks rather than the 15 weeks of a full semester;
  9. Get real quality learning from real quality instructors who focus on teaching and serving students;
  10. Meet great people from your home town area or rekindle old friendships.

Housatonic’s final Summer Session III, runs July 7 through August 7.

Registration is going on now. Students can register by dropping a completed registration form and a check or other payment information in the drop box in the HCC lobby through July 1; registering by mail (Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604), fax (203-332-5251) or online ( through July 1 or by registering in person at the Registrar’s office in B109, Lafayette Hall, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., through July 8. For more information, contact Admissions (203-332- 5100), the Registrar’s office (203-332-5088) or the Evening Division (203-332-5056). Contact your home institution regarding transferability of course credits.