Housatonic offers evening classes at Jonathan Law High School

There will be two open houses at Milford’s Jonathan Law High School for students interested in learning more about community college and the Housatonic Community College courses that can be taken at Law.

Since 1984, Housatonic Community College has been offering classes at Law during the evening hours, taught by Housatonic staff. Classes cover the same material taught at Housatonic, and they offer the same three credits per class. The only difference is the location.

Bill Griffin, academic coordinator at Housatonic, said the classes usually attract a range of students, from young to the “more experienced,” to mothers.

“One of the nice things about the Law classes is that parents say they can get a baby-sitter for one class, and go out one night a week,” Griffin said.

Classes are held at Law Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m., and they run in concert with the Housatonic semester.

Classes will start again Jan. 21, running through May 16, and will include the following:

Introduction to business, macro economics, micro economics, Western civilization, intermediate algebra, introduction to philosophy, general psychology, general psychology and development, principles of sociology, and composition.

“It’s a good opportunity for someone thinking about college who wants to test the waters,” Griffin said.

The classes cost $542 for three credits; financial aid and scholarships are available, just as they are at the main campus.

Bernie Shea, assistant director of admissions, will be leading the open houses at Law to talk about the classes offered there and community college in general.

The open houses will be Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.

Shea’s presentation will outline the benefits and history of a community college. Those include lower costs, small campus, relatively easy registration, and credit transfer agreements with area four-year colleges, he said.

Shea said there will be paperwork at the open houses for people who want to start the registration process for a class or classes.