Many Walla Walla Community College students will move to a four-day class schedule later this year.

School officials have announced the change will start in September. The new schedule will mean no class on Wednesdays for most arts and sciences, some workforce and some transitional studies programs.

Evening and summer classes will not be affected by the change. Other exceptions to the four-day schedule include certain workforce programs such as nursing, cosmetology and trade programs such as diesel, welding, and automotive.

In a release, Chad Hickox, vice president for instruction, said the midweek break will allow students additional time for studying, writing papers or conducting research. The change is also expected to improve students’ personal flexibility regarding work and family, as well as saving gas money and time.

The change will also allow meetings and trainings to be scheduled on Wednesdays. Students will still be able to meet with faculty, advisers, financial aid, counseling, tutors, navigators, and others on campus on the off day.

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