More class options designed to fit into the crowded schedules of today’s students are being developed by Essex County College. The College is expanding its offerings of Sunday and 100 percent online classes, which were introduced last year and proved an immediate success, in time for the Fall semester.


“We’re constantly looking to develop more flexible class options to support the busy lifestyles of many of our students,” said Dr. Leigh Bello-de Castro, Associate Dean, Online and Learning Resource Technologies. Both Sunday courses and the ability to take classes anywhere and anytime are ways Essex is helping students to have a better chance to earn their degree.”


There is an extensive list of Sunday classes, spanning a multitude of disciplines. The disciplines include courses in Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, College Success, Economics, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, and Sociology.


The online classes, said Dr. Bello-de Castro, are ideal for students who, for a variety of reasons, find it better to take classes off campus and not in the traditional setting. She said that students need to have the computer knowledge necessary to take advantage of the online courses. The classes include live classroom discussions on a regular basis and online exams. There is also free online tutoring available any time through the online program.


The online courses this fall include classes in Accounting, Art, Business, Computer Information Systems, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, and Sociology.


Both of these initiatives have been advocated by Essex County College President Gale E. Gibson. They are expansions of services designed for both recruitment and retention of students who require added flexibility in order to attend school due to a variety of situations, such as working fulltime.

Online courses will begin September 2, while Sunday classes start September 7.


Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Bello-de Castro at 973-877-3484 or

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