News From Regional & Continuing Education

Summer Session Offers Accelerated Learning Options

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Date: 06-30-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan, Marketing Director
Regional & Continuing Education

Nearly 3,000 Enrolled in CSU, Chico Summer Courses; Program in 96th Year

Nearly 3,000 students are earning university credit this summer through Regional & Continuing Education’s (RCE) summer session at California State University, Chico.

Chico State Summer Session, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 18, offers 129 classes and internships in five different sessions. The courses range from four to 12 weeks and allow students to complete the curriculum of a typical 15-week course at an accelerated pace.

This summer, 60 courses are offered online, and 1,738 people are enrolled in an online class or course. In addition, 305 international students are enrolled in summer session. There are currently 2,929 summer class enrollments.

“Helping students to graduate even one semester earlier by providing summer classes can help make college more affordable for students and their families,” said Elaina McReynolds, director of special session and extension for Regional & Continuing Education. “Additionally, each year we are able to offer more online courses so that students in the rural areas of the North State, and from across California, can continue their studies from home or around a schedule of work and family.”

Summer Session Class in Sisson, CAThis year marks CSU, Chico’s 96th summer session. The session was started in 1919 when Chico State Normal School president Charles Osenbaugh began the Mt. Shasta Summer School in Sisson, California, at the base of Mt. Shasta, to escape the sweltering valley heat.

The early program offered a variety of classes for teachers and students, including English, art, public speaking, geography, political sciences, physical education and stage craft. Until 1926, when buildings and dormitories were constructed, students and teachers camped in tents with wooden floors and attended classes in rooms of similar construction.

In 1942, the school closed because of a shortage of rubber and gasoline during World War II; summer school relocated to the Chico campus in 1944.

Today, Chico State Summer Session is open to students from all CSU campuses, as well as other colleges and universities. While many classes are underway, registration is still available for classes beginning July 27 in subject areas including environmental science, United States history, humanities, marketing and philosophy.

Online registration is open until classes begin or fill. For more information, please visit the Chico State Summer Session website at