Trustees review seven different course blocks

The new block schedules for classes were reviewed by the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees Jan. 21.
The most traditional block is the A16, which is the typical 16-week course, or a whole semester. The problem that occurred with having only this block, according to Dr. Jose Fierro, vice president of academic affairs, was the limited retention and flexibility, especially with students who registered late.

So now LCCC currently has seven different blocking options for classes, A16, A12, A8, B14, B12, B8 and 5-1-3. This may seem complicated, but it is actually fairly simple. All blocks beginning in an “A” start the same day, the first day of the semester. All blocks beginning with a “B” end on the same day, the last day of the semester. The corresponding number is how many weeks the course is in session.

It is important to note, however, each block covers the same amount of material as the regular 16-week block. For example, a B8 course will cover all the same material as the A16 course, but because it is half the time, it will go twice as fast. Five-week classes begin the first day of the semester and progress throughout the semester in sequential order, from 5-1, an intermediate course, to 5-3, an advanced course. This blocking method is primarily used for certification programs.

According to Fierro, this blocking method was created to eliminate late registration problems. He said a correlation exists between late registration and lower grades, lower completion rates and lower retention. The staggered start and end dates allow students to be more flexible, complete their degrees faster, and be better prepared for their classes, especially in the case of late registration or enrollment, he said.

Fierro also found students were often discouraged and tempted to drop their remedial courses during the typical 16-week block. Shorter classes, like an A8 or B8, help students move through their remedial classes faster and more efficiently, he said.  

Block schedule courses offer flexibility

The blocking schedule was created with the student enrollment process in mind. Students must apply, be accepted, attend orientation, be advised, register, purchase books, and, finally, they will be ready for the first day of classes. This process takes at least two weeks, so by starting a B14 course two weeks after the start of the semester, late enrolling students do not have to wait until next semester to attend LCCC.

Currently, the late start classes are primarily general education required courses.

There have been no issues regarding the Hathaway scholarship or other awards when taking advantage of the shorter courses, Fierro said.  

When registering, the start and end dates for each course are listed along with the times and specific days of the week the class will be held. Students should read these dates carefully to avoid any confusion regarding course start or finish dates.

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LCCC founding trustees deceased:

Noyes, left, was a distinguished WWII veteran and served two terms as Laramie County Treasurer. Dr. Wise, right, was an anesthesiologist and a "vote-getter" during the trustee election.

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Two founding trustees
die within days of each other

Late trustee also WWII veteran

Two founding trustees of Laramie County Community College died in late December 2014 within days of each other.

John F. Noyes, 95, died Dec. 17 in Laramie, and Dr. C. Rogers Wise, 84, died Dec. 28 in Cheyenne.

Noyes, who was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Burns, to Henry L. and Lorena (Green) Noyes, graduated from Burns High School in 1938. He worked as an assistant manager of J.C. Penney’s until his enlistment in the U.S. Army in 1942. During his service in World War II, he served as a tailgunner in the China-Burma-India Theatre in the 490th Bombardment Squadron, also known as the Burma Bridge Busters, and he earned the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After his discharge, he served as Laramie County deputy clerk and was later elected to two terms as Laramie County Treasurer. In 1962, he worked as vice president of Capital Savings & Loan and retired from United Savings & Loan in 1982. He was a member of the Heels, the Laramie County Library Board of Directors and the Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by two sons, Jon L. Noyes, of Laramie, and David Noyes, of Iowa City, Iowa; a daughter, Karen Weathersby of St. Cloud, Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Mae (Snell) Noyes.

A graveside service with military honors was conducted Dec. 20 at Lakeview Cemetery.

Unlikely candidate beats two former mayors in election

Dr. Wise, who was born April 8, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and his medical degree and doctorate from the University de Lausanne in Switzerland. In addition to being in private practice, he worked for DePaul and Memorial hospitals in Cheyenne.

On May 22, 1968, the day after Laramie County voters approved the creation of a community college in Cheyenne, the Wyoming State Tribune wrote: “A 38-year-old Negro physician, Dr. C. Rogers Wise, an anesthesiologist, proved the surprise candidate of the trustees race, leading a field of 46 candidates with a vote total of 2,796 or 33 more than the 2,763 netted by former Mayor Val Christensen. A resident of Cheyenne for several years, Wise proved a stronger vote-getter than better known political figures including former Mayor Herbert Kingham who did not place in the top seven. He was even ahead of John F. Noyes, who was third with 2,755, a former county treasurer and for years a consistently heavy winner in county elections.”

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