By Chet Green
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Academic advisement can be very helpful when scheduling classes, that is until students find out a class they selected has been canceled or worse, they can’t get a class they need to take.
At Camden County College, students can go to the Academic Advisement Center for help picking their classes for each semester. According to the college website, “The mission of the advisement center is to support and enhance the academic and personal development of Camden County College students.”
There are some cases, however, where students cannot take a course they were already scheduled to take. Students register for classes only to find out the class gets cancelled due to a lack of students signing up for it. Drew Jacobs, an academic adviser for the communications department, said when this happens the college notifies the student by email or phone and tries to get the student into another section. If the class the student was trying to take was a general elective, such as English Composition one or two, a student can easily be put into another section because there are multiple sections of these classes.
Jacobs also said the only other reason a class would be canceled is if the person teaching it cannot teach it due to a personal reason and a replacement isn’t available. There have also been rare cases where students can’t get a class they need to take on campus, so they go take the class at another community college and then have the credits transferred to Camden County College.
There have been plenty of instances of students’ not being able to get the courses they wanted at Camden County College. Bruce Tyler, 19, of Turnersville, was told there was a spot left in his Computer Literacy class, but when he went to Academic Advisement he was told there were no spots left in this class, so he had to choose another required course.
Students tend to run into the problem more in the spring semester and for specific major courses, when they are trying to finish up those last few requirements for graduation.
Jacobs’ advice to students on this issue is, “Planning is important and try to anticipate if something were to happen.”