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8 Week Advantage = your college advantage

We are changing to a new academic calendar, offering more class sessions (each just eight weeks long!), so you can:

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Graduate sooner

Each semester offers (or will soon offer*) two eight-week class sessions, allowing you to earn more credits than you would in a typical semester.

Summer also offers eight-week classes – another opportunity to earn credits toward graduation!

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Balance college and life

You’ll focus on only a few eight-week courses at one time, enabling you to more easily balance college with work, family, and friends.

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Jump in mid-semester or in summer!

New classes begin about every eight weeks (in August, October, January, March, and June), so you have many opportunities to start (or restart) your college journey.

Brittney

Brittney

Human Resources student
I absolutely LOVED my first 8-week session! I can't wait until next semester because I can now take four classes total for fall semester, while working full-time, and not be overwhelmed. Being able to focus on two classes at once enables me to be more successful each half of the semester, but I am still able to take four total classes for the semester. Resulting in more progression towards the completion of my degree. Thank you for creating this new session!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my program change to 8-week classes?

Two programs – Massage Therapy and Supply Chain Management – were offered as 8-Week Advantage programs as of fall 2019.

In fall of 2020, about 50% of NWTC programs will be offered in 8-week sessions. By fall of 2021, the rest of our programs (with a few exceptions) will also be offered in 8-week sessions.

Select the program name to see more details. 

Programs Converting in 2020

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Dairy Science Technical Diploma
Energy Management Technology Associate Degree
Farm Production-Dairy Science Associate Degree
Landscape Technician Technical Diploma 
Solar Energy Technology Associate Degree
Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems Associate Degree

Architecture & Construction

Architectural Technology Associate Degree
Carpentry Technical Diploma
Electrical Power Distribution Technical Diploma
Electricity Technical Diploma
Energy Management Technology Associate Degree
Gas Utility Construction and Service Technical Diploma
Masonry Technical Diploma
Solar Energy Technology Associate Degree

Business

Accounting Assistant Technical Diploma
Accounting Associate Degree
Administrative Professional Associate Degree
Business Analyst Associate Degree
Business Management Associate Degree
Business Requirements Specialist Technical Diploma
Culinary Specialist Technical Diploma
Digital Marketing Technical Diploma
Entrepreneurship Associate Degree
Event Management Associate Degree
Health Care Business Professional Technical Diploma
Hospitality Management Associate Degree
Hotel Management Technical Diploma
Human Resources Associate Degree
Leadership Development Associate Degree
Manufacturing Operations Management Associate Degree
Marketing Associate Degree
Office Professional Technical Diploma
Paralegal Associate Degree
Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Technical Diploma
Professional Sales Technical Diploma
Project Management Technical Diploma
Restaurant Management Technical Diploma

Digital Arts

Design and Graphic Technology Associate Degree
Digital Media Technology Associate Degree
Photography Technical Diploma
Print Technology Technical Diploma
Video Production Technical Diploma

Energy

Electrical Power Distribution Technical Diploma
Energy Management Technology Associate Degree
Gas Utility Construction and Service Technical Diploma
Solar Energy Technology Associate Degree
Utilities Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Health Sciences

Health Care Business Professional Technical Diploma
Health Information Technology Associate Degree
Medical Coding Specialist Technical Diploma
Nursing - Associate Degree Associate Degree
Nursing Assistant Technical Diploma
Practical Nursing Technical Diploma
Wellness & Health Promotion Associate Degree

Hospitality

Culinary Specialist Technical Diploma
Event Management Associate Degree
Hospitality Management Associate Degree
Hotel Management Technical Diploma
Restaurant Management Technical Diploma

Human Services & Education

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma
Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
Foundations of Teacher Ed Associate Degree
Paraeducator Technical Diploma

Information Technology

Business Analyst Associate Degree
Business Requirements Specialist Technical Diploma

Law, Public Safety & Security

Criminal Justice Law Enforcement 2 Associate Degree
Paralegal Associate Degree
Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Technical Diploma

Manufacturing

Automation Engineering Technology Associate Degree
Electro-Mechanical Technology Associate Degree
Manufacturing Operations Management Associate Degree
Metal Fabrication Technical Diploma
Welding Technical Diploma

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Electrical Engineering Technology Associate Degree
Utilities Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician Technical Diploma
Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology Associate Degree
Automotive Maintenance Technician Technical Diploma
Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technician Technical Diploma
Diesel Medium and Heavy Truck Technology Associate Degree

Programs Converting in 2021

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Environmental Engineering - Waste & Water Technology Associate Degree

Architecture & Construction

Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree
Construction Management-Carpentry Associate Degree
Construction Management-Electricity Associate Degree
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Technical Diploma
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Associate Degree
Prototype & Design Associate Degree

Health Sciences

Dental Assistant Technical Diploma
Dental Hygienist Associate Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree
Gerontology Associate Degree
Medical Assistant Technical Diploma
Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree
Paramedic Technical Diploma
Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree
Radiography Associate Degree
Respiratory Therapist Associate Degree
Surgical Technologist Technical Diploma

Human Services & Education

Human Services Associate Degree
Substance Abuse Counselor Ed Technical Diploma

Information Technology

Cisco System Administrator Technical Diploma
IT: Technology Support Specialist - IT Associate Degree
IT: Technology Support Technician - IT Technical Diploma
IT Systems Administrator Associate Degree
IT-Security Technologist Associate Degree
IT-Web Programmer Technical Diploma
Software Developer Associate Degree
Web Design Technician Technical Diploma
Web Development Associate Degree

Law, Public Safety & Security

Criminal Justice Professional Studies Associate Degree
Fire Medic Associate Degree
Fire Protection Technician Associate Degree
Fire Science Technical Diploma
Paramedic Technical Diploma

Manufacturing

Biomedical Electronics Associate Degree
CNC Machinist Technical Diploma
CNC Technician Technical Diploma
Mechanical Design Technology Associate Degree
Prototype & Design Associate Degree

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Biomedical Electronics Associate Degree
Civil Engineering Technology Associate Degree
Environmental Engineering - Waste & Water Technology Associate Degree
Laboratory Science Technology Associate Degree
Mechanical Design Technology Associate Degree
Prototype & Design Associate Degree
 
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Automotive Technician Technical Diploma
Automotive Technology Associate Degree
Diesel Heavy Equipment Technician Technical Diploma
Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology Associate Degree
 

Programs Converting in 2022


Do I need to enroll in both 8-week sessions at once?

Yes. If you are using financial aid, we especially advise that students enroll in both 8-week sessions at once. You can (and should) contact your Academic Advisor or Financial Aid Advisor if you plan to make changes to your schedule

Will Financial Aid be impacted by 8-Week Advantage?

Current Financial Aid practices will remain the same, so students will not see a change. Financial aid will still be awarded based on the number of credits you take per semester.

How will class schedules change for full-time students?

Full-time students can anticipate spreading their current semester workload across two 8-week sessions. For example, if a student typically enrolls in five classes per semester, they may have three during session one, and two during session two of that same semester.

How will class schedules change for part-time students?

Part-time students may be able to increase the number of classes they take each semester. For example, a student who currently takes two classes per semester may find that they are able to concentrate on two classes per session instead, thus completing their program faster.

How will 8-week classes impact Veterans’ Education Benefits?

Certification processing will remain the same, however rate of pursuit determinations may be different. Please contact NWTC Veteran Services for additional information veteranservices@nwtc.edu.

It's All About Student Success

At NWTC, we believe you can soar higher. Welcome to the 8-Week Advantage: changing our classes from 15 to eight weeks.

Studies show with 8-week classes, you’re more likely to succeed! It’s possible to:

  • Develop connections with your instructors and fellow students more quickly because you're spending more time together in a shorter time frame.
  • Graduate sooner since you can complete more credits each semester!

Questions?

Call or text us at 920-498-5444, or email start@nwtc.edu.