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Longwood, SVCC classes now at Lake Country Enrichment Complex / August 28, 2013
Longwood University and Southside Virginia Community College are now offering courses through the Lake Country Distance Education Center in Clarksville. Starting Aug. 29, students enrolled at either SVCC or Longwood University can pursue a degree without leaving Clarksville.

This is not a typical distance education class said Bob McKay, Director of the Lake Country Distance Education Center. It is not “a learn at your own pace.” Students enrolled in these classes meet at a set time with a professor and a class, as if on campus, but the location is in Clarksville’s distance education center, instead of the physical campus, and the students attend class by video link.

Anyone who wants to participate in the classes, must first enroll with SVCC or Longwood University, and pay the tuition. The actual cost for each class varies, based on credit hours.

McKay said students must go, either to the actual campus or onto the school’s internet website to enroll. The Distance Education Center is not equipped to handle that part of the process. To access Longwood University go to and to access SVCC go to

Using new technology, which fully allows the students to participate in a class, in real time, the Distance Education Center, along with the two colleges, hopes to appeal to those students seeking to further their education, but who cannot make the commute to the actual campus.

Longwood University, in particular, is targeting teachers in need of additional coursework to obtain either a bachelor’s degree or a certification. McKay said officials at Longwood University realized there are a number of teachers in Mecklenburg County who only hold an associates’ degree. Many of them see the benefit of obtaining a bachelor’s degree - such as an immediate bump in pay - but for many reasons cannot make the commute to the school’s campus in Farmville or its branch in South Boston.

Thanks to video technology, these teachers can take courses at the distance education center, along with students either on campus or at other locations with the same video link. They will see and hear the professor as he or she delivers the lecture, as well as hear and see their classmates via the video monitors.

Longwood officials also scheduled their classes to begin no earlier than 4:30 p.m. to meet the needs of the teaching professionals.

The courses offered by Longwood University at the Distance Education Center this semester are:

Math Numbers & Operation - Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Probability & Statistics - Monday from 5-7:45 p.m.

Methods of Teaching Health - Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Numeration Systems - Tuesday from 5:30- 8 p.m.

Survey of Exceptional Children - Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m.

SVCC’s classes for this semester are:

Calculus - M, T, W, Th, F from 8-8:50 a.m.

Intro to Plant Science & Technology - T, Th from 8-8:50 a.m.

US History - M, W from 9-10:20 a.m.

Animal Science & Technology - T. Th, F from 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Pre-calculus - M, W from 10:30-11:50 a.m. or T, Th from noon-12:50 p.m.

Agriculture Marketing & Risk Management - M, W from 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Intro to Teaching - M, W from noon-12:55 p.m.

Food Production, Safety & Bio-Security - T, Th from 1-2:20 p.m.

College Chemistry - T, Th from 3-4:20 p.m.

Anyone wanting additional information about the program should contact Bob McKay at 434-374-9998.

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