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Weekend college students sitting around a table togetherIt’s really every other weekend
In trying to meet the requests of current and prospective students, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is continually seeking new ways to offer college classes. With busy schedules at work and with family, some students have a difficult time scheduling college classes. A convenient, flexible schedule of courses is often not available.

One solution to the scheduling dilemma is to offer a sequence of integrated college courses via a weekend format. Weekend learning community programs have been successful at many colleges in the United States, and students typically give positive evaluations to such programs. Participants in weekend programs can develop a learning relationship with other students in the courses, often providing peer support and encouragement for each other as they complete college classes.

Currently, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a complete schedule of daytime and evening courses, and on-line courses over the Internet. Weekend College is another step toward meeting the changing needs of students.

For information regarding the Weekend College Program, contact:

Scherrie Foster, faculty
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-879-0805 (TTY)

Frequently Asked Questions about Weekend College

Can I really earn a college degree by attending classes only on weekends?

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a series of weekend courses that fulfills all requirements to complete an Associate of Arts degree. Students may then choose to transfer credits toward a four-year degree at another institution such as UMD, UWS, or the College of St. Scholastica. An associate degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is also well respected by employers.

When and where will Weekend College classes be held?

All classes are scheduled on weekends, usually Friday evenings and Saturdays. The schedule has classes on alternating weekends, starting in September, with a break in December, then resuming in January and concluding in June. No classes are held during July and August. Classes will be held at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus in Cloquet.

How long will it take to complete a degree?

The associate of arts degree can be completed in two years. This assumes that the student enrolls in the complete series of six Weekend College clusters in *consecutive order
*Note: It is acceptable to start at any cluster, and attend consecutively thereafter.

Weekend college students sitting togetherAre classes taught by qualified instructors?

Yes. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has an outstanding faculty of both full-time and part-time instructors. Several have received awards for teaching expertise, and all have advanced college degrees in their primary subject areas. Please refer to the college catalog for a directory of all faculty and staff and their respective educational experience.

Will I get to go through a graduation ceremony?

Yes. All students who complete degree requirements can participate in commencement ceremonies held once each year in May. Commencement is a special occasion that marks the accomplishment of a significant achievement, a college degree.

Application and Admission to Weekend College
What are the admission requirements?

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is an open-door institution. All students who have earned a high school diploma or a G.E.D. are accepted to attend Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Weekend college students must complete the application for admission process.

Students seeking to participate in Weekend College courses must show they are prepared for college-level course requirements. As part of the application process, students must complete the Accuplacer Assessment to help determine appropriate placement into courses. Students who need to refresh their skills in identified subject areas may need to complete college preparation courses prior to beginning Weekend College clusters. Academic advising will be available to all Weekend College students.

A schedule of when the Accuplacer is offered is available in the Admissions Office.

Contact the college Admissions Office at 218-879-0808 or 1-800-657-3712.

Weekend College application process
If possible, meet with a member of the college admissions staff to discuss your plans.

Complete the admissions application form and submit the non-refundable $20.00 processing fee.

Include the appropriate school transcripts, immunization record and tribal certification forms.

Complete the Accuplacer Assessment.

Meet with the Weekend College Program coordinator.

Other steps to complete after acceptance
Investigate financial aid opportunities.

Meet with an academic advisor to register for Weekend College cluster courses.

Cost and Financial Aid
Does it cost more to attend Weekend College classes than weekday classes?

No. Tuition is the same regardless of when classes are scheduled. Tuition costs are subject to change each year. Textbooks and class materials are additional costs beyond tuition and student fees.

A smiling weekend college studentCan I get financial aid assistance?

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a wide range of financial aid resources to students. Possible sources of financial aid funds include grants, scholarships, loans, and work study employment. Students are encouraged to thoroughly investigate and apply for multiple sources of financial aid.

Financial aid is available to students for the purpose of paying for educational expenses.

Financial aid is designed to supplement the amount students and their families are expected to contribute to meet the cost of attending college. Sources and amounts of financial aid money vary, and each student’s application for financial aid is individually reviewed to determine eligibility. Eligibility is based on the student’s demonstrated financial need, and the amount is the difference between the total cost of attending college for one year and the contribution of the student and their family. Amounts and eligibility are not randomly selected.

Each student applies for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) once a year. Forms are available near the Financial Aid Office at the college and online at

Students may access a wide range of additional resources to pay for costs related to a college education. The Alliss grant, employer reimbursement programs, child care assistance, deferred payment plans, G.I. Bill, and rehabilitation services are examples of the variety of assistance available to college students. Either on their own or with the assistance of the Financial Aid Office staff, students should explore as many options as possible.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at 218-879-0816.

Course Schedule
Classes meet on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., usually on alternating weekends. Schedule maybe subject to change.

Weekend College Orientation
STSK 1010 Weekend College Learning Community Keystone

Cluster #1: Communication and Culture

Students will explore the dynamic nature of human communication and culture using academic models to impart their understandings.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
AMIN 1050 Anishinaabeg of Lake Superior
ENGL 1001 College Writing I
SPCH 1020 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 1010 Public Speaking

Cluster #2: Literacy and Citizenship

Students will explore social behavior and citizenry across time and social contexts through literature and political structures. Students will also practice reflective and analytical writing.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
ENGL 1010 College Writing IIA. Introduction to Literature
POLS 1010 American Government
SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology
PE 1042 Fitness Through Walking

Cluster #3: Perspectives on Exploration

Students will examine human journeys terrestrial, cosmological, and internal and the consequences of such explorations.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
HIST 1011 History of Western Civilization II
PHYS 1020 Astronomy
PE 1040 Introduction to Conditioning

Cluster #4: The Human Experience

Students will examine human interactions with each other and their environment, and the human impetus to create and be moved by artistic expression.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
ANTH 1020 Cultural Anthropology
ART 1001 Introduction to Art
BIOL 1060 Environmental Biology

Cluster #5: Problem Solving

Students will examine problems and problem solving from ethical, psychological, and mathematical perspectives.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
MATH 1030 Introduction to Statistics
PSYC 2001 General Psychology
PHIL 2010 Ethics
PHIL 2040 World Religions
THTR 1001 Introduction to Theater

Cluster #6: The Global Experience

Students will examine the effects of humans and their institutions on music, economy, and diversity.

This cluster combines subject material from these courses:
ECON 2020 Macroeconomics
MUSC 1030 Music of the World's Peoples
SOC 1020 Human Relations
**STSK 2190 Capstone Course

A weekend college student speakingCourse descriptions

Each of the Weekend College degree program's six clusters combine subject material from courses offered during the traditional day and evening school schedule. Course content and information is the same, however the material has been thematically linked for interactive teaching and learning. The following course descriptions provide a better understanding of topics to be covered when combining courses to create the Weekend College cluster. Note: All Weekend College courses will end in 55 in the course registration schedule.

Keystone Course
STSK 1010 Weekend College Learning Community Orientation

This course provides a new model for learning that involves collaboration and cooperation among learners and presents course content in an integrative and interactive format. It orients students to methodologies to include portfolios, focus groups, collective oral examinations. It is the prerequisite/initial course for the Weekend College Program.

Cluster #1: Communication and Culture

AMIN 1050 Anishinaabeg of Lake Superior
This course explores the past and contemporary history of the Anishinaabeg people of the Lake Superior region, including the migration to the area, conflicts and treaties, customs, and the spiritual and philosophical perspectives of the culture. The course includes local history of the Fond du Lac Reservation and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, as well as an exploration of contemporary urban and reservation life as it pertains to the area. This course is a degree requirement for all students entering Fall 2001 and after.

ENGL 1001 College Writing I
College Writing is a freshmen-level writing course, the core of a two-semester English requirement. This course is a prerequisite for all English courses above 1001. Thesis development, idea organization, grammar and usage problems, and library research are studied and practiced. Students will be required to use a simple word processing program.

SPCH 1020 Interpersonal Communication
This course focuses on the examination and acquisition of positive and effective intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills. It is designed to help students understand the process of communication, assess their strengths and needs as communicators, and assist them with problem solving and conflict resolution. Students will study pertinent research in the field of interpersonal communication and refine and learn new communication skills through class exercises and application in daily life.

Cluster #2: Literacy and Citizenship

ENGL 1010 College Writing IIA: Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Literature is an introductory literature-based course in which students will read, discuss, and write about essays, poems, short stories, plays, and novels. Writing critical and reflective papers is an important aspect of this course of study.

POLS 1010 American Government
A study of the structure and function of the national government of the United States. The course examines the Presidency, Congress, and federal courts as well as the impact of interest groups, political parties, and the media upon government.

SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology
A survey of the characteristics of human group life with emphasis on the structure of the social environment and its influence upon the individual.

PE 1042 Fitness Through Walking
Introduction to walking as a means of fitness conditioning. For those individuals who prefer not to jog or run. Basic principles of physiology and biomechanics of walking will be discussed.

Cluster #3: Perspectives on Exploration

History 1011 History of Western Civilization II
This course examines the history of western civilization from 1776 to the present. The scope of the course includes economic, social and political developments. Topics include: political and economic revolution, the industrial age, the world wars and the cold war.

PHYS 1020 Astronomy
An introductory study of the nature and dynamics of the Solar System and universe beyond. Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars will give students a personal and real-world connection to the universe in which we live in.

PE 1040 Introduction to Conditioning
An entry-level survey course to introduce students to many different activities and methods that develop cardiorespiratory endurance. Students will be guided to set their own goals and develop programs to attain these goals.

Cluster #4: The Human Experience

ANTH 1020 Cultural Anthropology
A survey of human cultural development from the beginning of human history to the present. Ancient, preliterate and modern societies are compared and contrasted, pointing out the differences and similarities that have been used in solving human problems.

ART 1001 Introduction to Art
An orientation to art-related problems, techniques, and materials as well as an introduction to the principle elements of two- and three-dimensional design. For students with little or no experience in creative art.

BIOL 1060 Environmental Science
A detailed study of the ecology of natural systems, pollution, solid and liquid wastes, and energy.

Student studyingCluster #5: Problem Solving

MATH 1030 Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to statistics suitable for social and behavioral science majors, but also suitable for students in other disciplines. Topics include statistical theory and experimental design, descriptive statistics, probability distribution models, regression analysis and correlation, interference, and sampling methods.

PHIL 2010 Ethics
The study of Ethics has two basic components: the theory of ethics and the practical application of ethical theory. The student will learn the terminology and the history of ethical theory and become aware of the impact of culture on ethical study while exploring the practical application of ethical theory.

PSYC 2001 General Psychology
An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior: history, background and methods, development, perception, learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, adjustment, mental health, and social psychology.

Cluster #6: The Global Experience

ECON 2020 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
A study concerning the economy as a whole which includes national income analysis, fiscal policy, money and banking, monetary policy, international trade, and analysis of economic problems.

MUSC 1030 Music of the World’s Peoples
An introductory course that explores music in its original cultural settings throughout the world. Music of African, American Indian, Asian, Latin American, and Eastern European peoples will be studied and listened to. No previous musical experience required.

SOC 1020 Human Relations
A study of the contributions and life-styles of the various racial, cultural, and economic groups in our society; recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, discriminations and prejudices; learning to respect human diversities and personal rights; developing positive feelings toward all humanity.

Capstone Course
STSK 2190 Weekend College Learning Community Capstone
This course serves as a closure/exit to the Weekend College Learning Community. Students will reflect on the learning community experience, examining individual and collective learning outcomes. This course will provide an opportunity to evaluate this teaching and learning model, as well as compare it to other models. Students will be enabled/encouraged to articulate their future academic, professional and personal goals/aspirations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of five weekend clusters. Co-requisite: Enrollment in the sixth weekend cluster.

Read this if you have previously attended college:
We expect students to make a commitment to the Weekend College Program. It is critical that students enrolling in Weekend College understand that they must enroll in the entire cluster of courses vs. selected courses within the cluster. Exceptions can be made if a student has previously completed college courses. Please meet with the Weekend College program coordinator if you have previously completed college courses.

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