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College Express


Cathy Woods
Executive Director, Division of Distance Education

College Express Fast track is a degree program in an accelerated format and starts with a cohort group. Most programs meet either one or two nights a week for 3 hours with students completing 12-14 hours in a semester.

Adult Learner College Express Cohort

Please click on a question below to view the answer.

What is College Express?
A fast-track alternative delivery program
Compressed class schedule
Encourages teamwork and support to the individuals
Who can benefit from college Express?
Adult learners with a busy lifestyle juggling work and family but want to earn a college degree
Students wishing to complete a specific degree with one or two classes at a time
What is unique in the design of College Express?
Classes taught by committed Walters State Community College Instructors who provide instruction and support to help students succeed
Classes held in seven week blocks meeting either one or two nights per week
Some classes are available to meet learning support needs
Progress is continual and fast paced. Because a significant amount of learning takes place outside the classroom, students must be highly motivated, independent learners
Some classes may be offered in a hybrid format (Some coursework online).
Students will be expected to use eLEARN within College Express courses.
This program allows a pathway to multiple degree options
What is the cost?
Tuition for the semester is due at registration following the college fee deadline. Fees for college express are the same as any other college course.
Is financial support available?
Financial aid is available for eligible students. Complete your FAFSA early and any necessary paperwork by the priority deadline.
Contact the Financial Aid Office 423.585.6811 for detailed information.

*All students should follow the appropriate outline for their specific major and meet each semester with their major advisor and also with the College Express program director.

**In order to add or drop classes in the express program you must see the cohort director: Cathy Woods, Executive Director, Division of Distance Education, WSCC, CCEN 128C. (423 585 2661)

Adult Learner Cohort Accelerated Courses
Fall 2015

Note: These classes are in an accelerated format with the exception of READ 0800. In order to register for these classes, you must contact Cathy Woods, Division of Distance Education, 423-585-2661, Suite 126B, Jack E. Campbell College Center.

Full Term (1)
Aug 24 - Dec 11, 2015

  • Learning Support - Reading (3 credits)
    READ 0800 (hybrid)
    CRN 81096 | SEC 010
    TR :: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

1st Half (LSA) (1A)
Aug 24 - Oct 13, 2015

  • Learning Support - Mathematics (3 credits)
    MATH 0030
    CRN 81097 | SEC 011
    T :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM
  • The College Experience (3 credits)
    EDUC 1030
    CRN 81098 | SEC 005
    R :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM

2nd Half (LSB) (1B)
Oct 14 - Dec 11, 2015

  • Probability and Statistics (3 credits)
    MATH 1530
    CRN 81099 | SEC 021
    T :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM
  • Human Nature and Life (3 credits)
    PHIL 1030
    CRN 81101 | SEC 001
    W :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM
  • Fund of Speech Communication (3 credits)
    SPCH 1010
    CRN 81100 | SEC 017
    R :: 6:00 - 9:05 PM

College Express Admissions Process

Admission Requirements

  • Preference will be given to in-state students
  • Attendance at registration sessions before classes begin each fall, spring, and summer
  • Attendance at each scheduled class meeting is required. A strict attendance policy is enforced.
  • All applicants will be interviewed within the Division of Distance Education by appointment
  • Performance and advising meetings each semester with program director


Please click on a question below to view the answer.

What is a Cohort/Express Class?
  • A group of people working together within each Express class in a team environment.
  • A group of people who are more likely to be successful through collaborative learning.
What are the Advantages of a Cohort?
  • Students will move in a unified group, building good relationships with students they will come to know throughout the time spent together.
  • Cohort classes are designed in an accelerated format for degree completion.
  • Some classes may be offered in a hybrid format (some online and some classroom time)
  • Works well for the adult learner juggling both work and family
  • Encourages teamwork and support to the individuals
  • Benefits students who wish to complete a specific degree while taking only one or two classes at a time
What Characteristics are seen in Successful College Express Students?
  • Highly motivated
  • Self-starter
  • Desires to complete a program in an accelerated manner as opposed to taking several years to complete a degree
  • Has support from a spouse or family members where child care is necessary in the evenings
  • Has the ability to work and find time to take classes and study in the evenings
  • Good time management
  • Ability to navigate and utilize the college learning management system (eLEARN)
Are these Programs as Demanding as Regular Classes?
  • Definitely and perhaps more demanding as they are in an accelerated format or compressed time requiring self–discipline. Classes are taught by committed Walters State instructors who provide support to the student.
Is it Possible to Take Learning Support Classes with the College Express Program?
  • Yes, this program is designed to accommodate students who need learning support classes.
Will Previous College Credits be Applied to a College Express Cohort Program?
  • Previous college transcripts will be evaluated and any equivalent credits within the degree will be applied.
Is Financial Support Available?
  • Financial Aid is available for eligible students. Complete your FAFSA early and any necessary paperwork by the priority deadline.

Contact the Financial Aid Office 423.585.6811 for detailed information