Northwest-Shoals to expand 5:2 Finish Program for fall semester

By  | July 4, 2019 | Filed under: News

Image result for 5:2 Finish Program nwscc MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL– Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) will offer its busy students on the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses another option to traditional and online course offerings this fall through the 5:2 Finish Program.

Students who apply to the 5:2 Finish Program can complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree in five (5) semesters by only attending class twice each week. The program is designed so that students take two classes during the first eight weeks (1st Session) of a semester and two more courses during the next eight weeks (2nd Session). With this program, each student has direct contact with a student success coach to help them with any questions or issues.

The College laid the groundwork for the program in fall of 2018 by offering it to students at night on the Phil Campbell campus. “We piloted the program this past year on our Phil Campbell campus, and we found out how much it can help our students,” said NW-SCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross. “This is such a great program for our part-time or returning adult students. This program can make a college degree easier to obtain as they manage their family and work obligations.”

Dr. Glenda Colagross

The 5:2 Finish Program is modeled after the 15 to Finish initiative promoted by Complete College America ( According to Complete College America, students must take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits per year to graduate on time. The initiative originated at the University of Hawaii to help encourage its students to graduate on time by taking more credits each semester. This will in turn help students get into the workforce quicker to begin earning.

According to Dr. Timmy James, Associate Dean of Instructional Programs, the College wants to offer its students every opportunity to be successful. “We realize that taking 15 hours a semester is not possible for every student,” stated James. “We want to make sure our students are informed and know that just because you are a full-time student, it does not mean you will automatically graduate in two years. We believe the 5:2 finish pathway will provide the structure many of our students need to help them be successful and graduate.”

Dr. Timmy James

The 5:2 Finish Program offers several benefits for its participants including: priority registration, a half tuition scholarship for 30 credit hours during the second year of the program for students maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA, and a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship to pay for their induction ($80) into the two-year college honor society for students maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA.

The 5:2 Finish Program is limited to 25 students in each cohort or program class. To be selected for the next cohort, you must first apply at For more information, you can contact Skye Hamilton on the Shoals Campus at 256-331-8086 or and Beth Loveless on the Phil Campbell Campus at 256-331-6353 or email

Media Release/Trent Randolph
Public Information Officer
Northwest-Shoals Community College

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