The Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College will offer ENG 111 (English Composition I) as a general education course in the fall semester for students who are pursuing a career in the medical profession. This is the first general education course offered at the MEC in its 13-year history.
ENG 111 introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Throughout the course, students will refine topics, develop and support ideas, investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources, edit for effective style and usage, and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences and purposes.
MEC Provost Dr. Anne Loochtan said she collaborated with several NOVA faculty, community members and local organizations to consider the possibility of offering general education courses to MEC students and locals who reside in the Springfield area. NOVA-Woodbridge Assistant Dean of English Kelly Cochran-Yzquierdo said since this will be the first time the MEC has offered general studies courses, ENG 111-102W and ENG 111-103W will serve as pilots to track the responsiveness of interested students.
“If these two classes are filled to capacity, we are looking to expand the course offerings at the MEC,” said Yzquierdo. “As I worked with Dr. Loochtan on this initiative, she was onboard with the idea because she wants to service local Springfield residents. Classes can now be easily accessible after work and during the rush hour for students and locals that may be seeking an alternative to driving to the Annandale, Alexandria, Manassas, Loudoun or Woodbridge campuses.”
Both courses will be 16-week sessions held on Tuesdays at the Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, Va. ENG 111-102W will run from 4 p.m. until 6:40 p.m. and ENG 111-103W runs from 7 p.m. until 9:40 p.m.
The 16-week fall semester starts Aug. 22 with several shorter sessions beginning later in the semester. Students must register no later than 11:59 p.m. on the day before a session begins. Starting July 25, tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the next business day after registering. Students can register 24 hours a day at www.nvcc.edu/startstrong or get in-person service during normal business hours at the Medical Education Campus. For additional information about class registration, please call 703.323.3000.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.