8-week classes increase focus, flexibility | ECTC

8-week classes increase focus, flexibility

Published on Sep 28, 2021

Among the benefits of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC)’s eight-week class schedule, 8-Week Advantage, are being able to focus on fewer classes at a time and having more flexibility. Engineering and Electronics Technology student Eliceo Jaramillo agrees.  

“After graduating high school I spent some time at a four-year university and I was taking five classes at a time,” said Jaramillo. “All the course work at the same time was pretty overwhelming. With the 8-week classes here, I don’t have to tackle so many different subjects or classes at the same time, so I can be more focused.”

Students taking eight-week classes can spread out their classes throughout the week or attend classes two days per week, fitting college into their life, not the other way around.  

“It’s nice to only have classes two days per week because it allows me to spend my time other ways throughout the week,” said Jaramillo. “I know several of my friends who also have jobs during the school year like the new schedule because they can still work three days a week and scheduling isn’t such a hassle.”

Jaramillo said one of the aspects of the 8-week schedule he likes most is how hands-on the classes are.  

“In a traditional class that lasts 16 weeks, you usually meet for an hour three times a week, which doesn’t always leave you much time in the lab,” said Jaramillo. “With the 8-week classes, one class usually meets for three-hour periods, two days a week. We’ll have lecture on a skill, but then I have more time to actually work in the lab, which I like because I'm a very hands-on learner.”

New eight-week classes begin Oct. 18. Financial aid is still available, including the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which could make programs in high-demand career fields tuition free. To learn more or get started at ECTC, call 270-769-2371.