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Prairie State College in Illinois joins other community colleges across nation, will offer midnight classes

Southtown Star
Some students at Prairie State College literally may be burning the midnight oil this fall.

The Chicago Heights-based college will be among a growing number of community colleges across the country that offer midnight or late-night classes to provide potential students more choices.

“The idea was that for people who work shift work or have children at home, this could be the only time they can take classes,” college spokeswoman Jennifer Stoner said.

She said the idea came about after college board members attended a conference where they heard a presentation from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, which has been offering midnight classes. Classes at Bunker Hill were well received, so the board brought the idea home, Sttoner said.

The college will start with five general education classes this fall: two English, one math, one psychology and one computer. All will run until 2:50 a.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

To minimize costs, the classes will be held in one building, which already had around-the-clock security. The additional electrical and gas costs will be minimal, Stoner said.

Professors will be assigned to the classes if there is enough interest from students, she said. The school tries to have a minimum of eight to 10 students per class and can have a maximum of 24 to 34 per class.
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