College Corner for Friday, January 16, 2009

• With heavy enrollment ongoing, several planned computer information systems classes have become full. As a result, Mohave Community College administrators have opened new course sections to accommodate student interest. New sections include: CIS 131, a Microsoft Office course; CIS 135, the Microsoft Access class; and Photoshop I, an introductory course, according to Andra Goldberg, MCC's CIS course coordinator and a CIS faculty member. "If you tried to enroll in these or other MCC classes and were unable to do so because they had reached their capacity, please check the online schedule, call or come in and see an advisor about enrolling in these new sections right away," Goldberg said. "I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity because these new sections are filling quickly." For more information, contact Goldberg at (928) 692-3015 or online at agoldberg@mohave.edu. For more information about MCC or the classes and programs offered, go online to www.mohave.edu. Classes begin Tuesday, but students may sign up for classes through Jan. 26.

• MCC is rising to meet the needs of tri-state area law firms with its paralegal degree program. Students who wish to enter the program this spring should sign up quickly. Certified paralegals are very well paid, according to CCbenefits, a corporation founded in 2000 in partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees. Area attorneys agree that fully trained and degreed paralegals are of high value because they come into a firm ready to help - so the attorneys need not spend their time supervising raw trainees. Jennifer Montante, the resident faculty course instructor at MCC, said, "Despite projections of rapid employment growth, competition for jobs should continue as many people seek to go into this profession. However experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities." Paralegals investigate, research and help draft contracts, separation agreements and court pleadings. They frequently interact with clients; however, they are not allowed to represent a client in court or give legal advice. For more information, visit online at www.mohave.edu.

• Fifty-five students new to the MCC nursing program this spring semester gathered from all campuses Tuesday on the Henry Campus-Bullhead City for "Boot Camp for Nursing Students." Nurses entering Nursing I and licensed practical nurses entering MCC to pursue their RN were put through the paces to learn what is expected during the tough years of study to become registered nurses. The boot camp was the idea of MCC nursing faculty members Penny Ellis and Marilyn Parker as a way to prepare the students for what lies ahead after classes begin on Tuesday. The students were instructed on what to expect, study skills, computer work, the nursing testing system, available online sources and even a session on humor. They were also given a short program on available financial aid by the Mohave County One-Stop Career Center.