Go! Classes FAQ
What makes this program different from other short-term classes?
While College of the Canyons has offered a variety of short-term classes in the past, GO! classes are designed to be offered exclusively online and to be offered in a progression that will provide a more direct route for individuals to complete their educational goals, such as obtaining an associate degree or qualifying for transfer to a 4-year school. In addition, students will have the flexibility to start a class at the beginning of any 5-week window throughout the academic year – significantly increasing access opportunities for students with busy home and work lives.
Are GO! classes right for me?
This program will appeal to people who need college units but are working jobs or have life circumstances that preclude them from being able to commit to the traditional 16-week or even 8-week class offerings. Students who are disciplined and have strong computer skills will likely find these classes to be very attractive since they are fast paced and are totally online, with the exception of Communication studies 105, and any Math/Science courses. Students should be aware that since the courses are short in duration, they are no less rigorous than the classes offered in longer formats and therefore require dedication and commitment from the student in order for them to derive maximum benefits.
Will I ever have to come to the COC campus if I enroll in these classes?
There are several on-campus meetings of the Communication Studies 105, Math and Science courses. Proctored on-site testing (at COC or another approved testing site) may be required from some instructors. Many students, however, may choose to come to the campus to meet with a counselor, to meet instructors personally at some time during the 5 weeks or to come to the college bookstore to pick up needed books and supplies.
Which classes will be offered?
A complete list of classes is available in the online schedule of classes, which is the most up-to-date listing. However, it is the intention to offer classes inapplicable to an AA degree from College of the Canyons.
If I decide that I need to drop a GO! class after I’ve enrolled and started, is that possible?
Since these classes are very intensive and short, you need to pay particular attention to the drop dates for each class that is established by the Admissions and Records office. Refund deadlines for short-term classes are printed on your individual schedule printout, which will be mailed to you once you pay your fees.
If I can’t take back-to-back, sequential, 5-week classes, does that pose a problem?
No. One of the advantages of taking GO! classes is that students can start anytime and pick up where they left off at any time. While students are encouraged to take courses every 5 weeks in sequence to sustain learning momentum toward their goals, the program recognizes that often is not possible in today’s busy and unpredictable world.
Can I mix GO classes with full-semester online, hybrid and campus classes?
Yes. You are not limited to taking only classes that appear on the GO schedule. GO classes are accelerated and challenging. You may wish to take courses of differing durations during the semester
Can I enroll in GO! classes online?
Yes. You can register for GO! classes in the same manner as for semester length classes. Simply go to the college’s Website at: www.canyons.edu for application and registration information.
How much do GO! classes cost?
Since GO! classes are regular College of the Canyons credit classes, they are under the same fee structure as semester-length classes.
If I do drop a class, when can I sign up for it again?
Go! courses are offered frequently enough that you may find that the class you dropped in one five week session is offered again in the next or subsequent session.
Is Financial Aid available for me to enroll in the GO! program?
These classes are regular college classes, so Financial Aid is available under the same rules, regulations and restrictions of Financial Aid programs. Generally, students need to enroll in a minimum of 12 units and establish need through the regular Financial Aid process. To see if you qualify for Financial Aid, you can contact the College of the Canyons Financial Aid office at: (661) 362-3242 or visit their Website at: www.canyons.edu/offices/Finaid/
Are 5-week classes harder than traditional 16-week classes?
The course curriculum for a 5-week course is the same as for the same course delivered over a 16-week period. However, the compressed nature of the course requires focus, dedication and discipline to keep up with information presented at a fast pace. Many courses at College of the Canyons are offered in 4-week and 5-week lengths during our Winter and Summer sessions and thousands of students have successfully completed them over the years.
If a class I need or want to take is not offered in GO!, can I still take it online or do I have to come to campus?
There are certain courses that do not lend themselves to the five-week intensive format. Be sure to check your online class schedule to see if your class is offered in a longer online session of 8 to 10 weeks or as a hybrid class that requires you come to campus only a few times during the semester. Proctored on-site testing (at COC or another approved testing site) may be required from some instructors.
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