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Updated: 1/23 9:23 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Beginning with the upcoming fall semester Northeast Mississippi Community College will hold classes four days a week, Monday through Thursday, instead of the traditional five.

The board of trustees recently adopted this new instructional calendar.

Executive Vice President Ricky Ford said, "It's creating a lot more opportunities for our students to take classes. It cuts the cost of commuting back and forth to take classes."

With around 3,500 students enrolled, some 2,500 of them commute.

Classes will be longer on certain days to give students the same amount of instruction time per week as now.

Students we talked to say they like the four days versus five days of classes.

Andi Houser of Houston said, "I personally think it will be great because I get to spend more time at home with my family. It gives me extra time to do homework for classes."

Demarkous Dennis of Oxford said, "I will get more rest on that Friday. I will also get more homework done. We have games on Thursdays so it won't be so hard on us trying to get up and go to class on Fridays."

Just because students won't be in class on Fridays doesn't mean it won't be busy at Northeast.

Ford said, "It allows us time to do some utility work on campus on Fridays. Our maintenance crew can come in and take care of projects when students aren't there. They can get into the classrooms and make repairs and things like that on Fridays."

Leaders say instructors will have more time to meet with students on Fridays, students can also take care of any business at campus offices, and they can have more personal time for such things as employment.

For the college itself, no classes on Fridays means a yearly savings of $300,000 to $400,000 a year in utilities alone.
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