Class starts at midnight

Community colleges are offering midnight classes to meet rising demand, reports NPR. At Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland, Paul Vinette teaches Introduction to Psychology from midnight to 3 a.m once a week.  Ten students take the course.

“I’m young. I’m always up at this hour anyway, either playing video games or doing work or working on something. It’s just an hour [when] my mind’s not resting, which is what most people are doing,” (Kory) Fox-Ponting says.

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and several Midwestern schools pioneered  midnight and 5 a.m. courses.

To keep his students alert, Vinette uses everything from sound effects to a buffet with coffee and snacks. The class gets a 15-minute break, although he says most students do not need it.

“It was the complete opposite of what I feared,” Vinette says, “which was going to be trying to drag a dozen students as if they were dead bodies through the mud at 1 in the morning. And it’s quite the opposite. No one’s tired. No one’s sleepy. I got a bunch of night owls in here.”

While Ashley Beck, 25, takes night classes, her husband is home with their two children. “There’s not a lot of kids in the class, so the teacher-to-student ratio is a lot better,” Beck says.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON November 17, 2010

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