Winter Intersession 2018 students choose from more than 20 areas of studyby on Jan 12, 2018
Parking lots filled and students streamed on campus the first week of January as fast-paced Intersession classes began at Gavilan College.
From Allied Health to Sociology, on the Gilroy and Hollister campuses as well as sections online, students selected classes to brush up on skills, wrap up general education requirements or add units to their majors.
On your mark, get set: one month, many units
Intersession runs from January 2 through January 26, Packed between those two dates, students enjoy the intensity, immersion and quick completion of these classes.
History instructor Tim Mosher enjoys the Intersession students.
"They can bring more focus and hard work to successfully complete the winter session," Mosher said. As a member of Gavilan's faculty for 12 years, he has also taught at two- and four-year colleges throughout the Bay Area. Mosher adapts his full semester syllabus to the month-long Intersession with a few tweaks for holidays, noting the class has the same number of classroom hours.
History instructor Tim Mosher (standing) talks with Kaulana Esteban (left, in plaid shirt)
during a five-minute break between lecture presentations.
Halfway through History 2 covering Civil War to present day, Mosher guided students through history, politics and economics of the 1930s and 1940s in the US and Europe. Explaining the rampant nationalism in Europe, he presented images of fascist propaganda. Conveying the US Depression and New Deal solutions, Mosher shared commemorative stamp art depicting Americans' determination, then lightened the tone with musical examples from the era's American songbook.
Finding the passion and the pathway
For Kaulana Esteban, retaining his GI Bill funding means enrolling year round in classes. He got a taste of the immersion required with a summer course and chose to take the Intersession history class to fulfill a requirement. After more than eight years as an Army medic, he decided not to pursue a career in health sciences.
"I discovered that numbers are my passion," said Esteban. "I'm working toward my AS in Accounting at Gavilan." He will transfer to San Jose State to continue his studies. And now that he's older, he expressed a better appreciation for history.
By contrast, student Isidoro Camacho revealed less of a liking for history, but says Mosher makes the material interesting and understandable.
"I like the single class approach of intersession, focusing on one topic," he said. "There's not as much pressure across so many different topics." Adding three more units to his transcript keeps him on track to graduate in two years. His career goal is to be an elementary school teacher.
Political Science major Melissa Biscaino took the class to speed up her graduation. On track to graduate Summer 2018, her fall plans include transferring to a new program, Pathways to Law, at Lincoln University.
"I want to pursue family law and custody cases," she said. "It's my passion." She expressed appreciation for the classes offered at Gavilan during Intersession.
Melissa Biscaino reviews handouts for
the History 2 class before lecture begins.
A focus on completion
For Zachary Monk, History 2 is the last general education credit he needs added to his transcript.
"I enjoy the pace of the accelerated class," he said. "Sometimes, during the regular semester, you have enough time to forget what you're there for. The accelerated class forces you to focus." A very busy student, Monk is also enrolled in the self-paced online macroeconomics class. Next year he plans to transfer to San Jose State to earn a BS in Computer Science.
Check out the class schedule for Spring 2018 to start on your own passion today.