Mesalands goes on the air

Subscribers of Comcast cable television services now have an additional channel available where an assortment of educational programs and community information can be found. According to Mesalands Community College Public Information Officer John Yearout, It is the result of college’s new Mesalands Telecommunications Network, and the Mesalands’ recent approval by the Tucumcari City Commission to use Comcast channel 96.

“The addition fits very nicely with the College’s emphasis on expanded distance education,” said Yearout, “and will allow Mesalands another platform on which it can present educational material to the surrounding community.”
Title V Facilitator and Coordinator of Distance Education Nancy Nydam agreed with Yearout on the versatility of the Mesalands channel.

“We will be offering a variety of educational programs that can be taken for credit by Comcast viewers,” said Nancy Nydam. “The channel provides us with another means to deliver educational material to students. It is the latest vehicle, along with the PBS, and Internet courses, and College by Cassette that are already available as part of the Distance Education program at the college.” Yearout said individuals taking a class for credit via Comcast will enroll much the same as if they were going to attend a class on campus. Once enrolled, students will be given a packet of materials that they must complete and return to the college so their progress can be monitored and a final grade can be given for the course.

Classes being offered via Comcast in the fall will included:
Introduction to Archeology, aired Mondays 9-10 a.m and 9-10 p.m. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, aired Tuesdays 9 to 10 a.m. and 9-10 p.m.
Music Appreciation, aired Wednesdays 9-9:30 a.m. and 9-9:30 p.m. Cultural Diversity, aired Thursdays 9-11 a.m. and 9-11 p.m. Sociology of Aging, aired Fridays 9-10 a.m. and 9-10 p.m.

Yearout said all classes will repeat on Sundays at 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Classes will start August 23. Enrollment for the classes is open through August 19. The Mesalands spokesman said classes that will help students prepare for their General Education Diploma will also be available on the channel. “They will air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m.., and will be presented in English and Spanish,” said Yearout.

The GED classes will also repeat on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free books and course materials are available for GED students who contact Educational Services Center at Mesalands Community College.
Also available is a Community Bulletin Board that provides information about educational events and activities happening within the viewing area. A weather bulletin is also available where viewers can obtain local weather conditions and forecasts. “We are really excited about this new means of delivering educational information and services to the community,” said Dr. Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College.

Persons wanting additional information about College courses or the Community Bulletin Board available on MTN can call Nydam at 505-461-4413, extension 118, or inquire on campus.