Kaskaskia College Offers Eight Week Accelerated Classes

Kaskaskia College is now offering eight week accelerated classes online as an alternative to traditional 16 week offerings on selected classes.

This option is part of an ongoing effort by the College to reach underserved populations of students.  In this case, these accelerated classes would allow busy working adults, scholarship holders, and others to finish some classes and sequences in half the time.

Those who work full time will be able to enroll in these online classes and do their coursework at times convenient to their schedules.  Scholarship students can find ways of creatively fulfilling their credit hour requirements, since these classes award the same number of credit hours as their 16-week counterparts.  Students utilizing these classes can, in some cases, finish the coursework for a degree or transfer in a shorter time span.  Students on financial aid will need to register early for accelerated classes due to start in the second eight week session to ensure their eligibility.

But, these classes won’t be less rigorous just because they are shorter.  Quite the opposite, according to Kellie Henegar, KC’s Dean of Arts and Sciences.  “These classes are best suited to the dedicated, disciplined student,” Henegar said.  “The requirements and the workload are the same; it is just presented in an accelerated way.  It will take planning and commitment on the students’ part to be successful in these classes.”  Most of these classes are taught by full time College faculty members. KC Technical and Distance Learning support is available to students enrolled in these or any online classes.

Many of the classes offered in the accelerated online format are general education requirements and sequences that will allow successful students to finish these early before moving on to core programs such as Associate Degree Nursing. 

For more information on which classes are offered in the accelerated online format, please access the  Kaskaskia College Class Finder online at and search for 8 week online classes.  For questions, contact the KC Admissions Office at 618-545-3040 or Dean Kellie Henegar at 618-545-3025 or at​

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