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CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Class registration continues for Brightpoint Community College’s fall semester, which kicks off on August 28, 2023, and includes new opportunities designed to help students get ahead while making college fit into their lives. 

  • New this fall, the college is offering 7-Week Class Sessions in fully online and hybrid (on-campus and online) formats. There will be two seven-week sessions, scheduled back-to-back, giving students the option to focus on fewer classes at a time, while still, if they want, being able to earn enough credits in the semester to be full time (12 credits). The college’s fall schedule continues to include a wide variety of 15-week classes, as well as some 5-week classes.
  • Also, this fall, the college is launching its Accelerate Pathway. This pathway allows students to take one five-week class at a time and complete a liberal arts degree in two years. Classes are built in an online environment with game design in mind and are asynchronous, meaning students can complete their weekly assignments at the times that work best for them. Accelerate also gives students opportunities to connect to classmates, through a 24/7 virtual student lounge and a dedicated chat feature. Plus, there are no textbook fees. More information about the Accelerate Pathway may be found at

Students can explore Brightpoint’s full fall schedule, which also includes flex courses that allow students to switch how they attend classes throughout the semester at

Information about Brightpoint’s more than 85 majors may be found at The college offers programs in the areas of advanced manufacturing, architecture, construction and skilled trades; general transfer; arts and communications; government, human services, public safety and law; business, management, finance and marketing; health sciences; engineering, computer science and natural sciences; information technology; and education. The options include majors that can be completed in two years or less, programs that prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, and transfer degrees that put students on a path to a bachelor’s degree. 

Students interested in learning about the new opportunities being offered at Brightpoint or who are ready to get started are encouraged to contact the college’s Help Hub, which is open Monday – Friday. Walk-ins are welcome at the Help Hub, which is located on both campuses, and those who need to connect to the Help Hub remotely, are invited to text, call or email. On Saturday, August 19, the Help Hub at the Chester Campus will offer extended hours and services during Smart Start Saturday. From 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on that day, students can get assistance with their application, course registration, financial aid, and more; take a tour of the campus; and enjoy some light refreshments as staff help them get ready for the new academic year. More information about Smart Start Saturday, plus Help Hub hours, locations, and contact information may be found at

Brightpoint Community College, one of the largest institutions in the Virginia Community College System, envisions a success story for every student. Brightpoint offers students a high-quality, high-value education, with more than 85 majors that provide pathways to careers in in-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 11,400 students during the 2021-22 academic year. It also assisted more than 5,900 learners in fiscal year 2022 through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Brightpoint and Reynolds community colleges.