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CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Starting this year, John Tyler Community College, which is becoming Brightpoint Community College, is offering students a Winter Mini Session. The session, which runs December 15, 2021 – January 12, 2022, will give students the opportunity to earn up to three college credits in just four weeks. All Winter Mini Session classes will be offered online, and classes are open to current and new Tyler students, as well as students from other colleges and universities who may want to take an extra class during their winter break. A list of courses offered during this new session may be found at in the college’s Spring 2022 schedule by selecting “Mini Session” from the “Session” drop-down menu. Registration for the Winter Mini Session begins November 1, 2021. 

Also, on November 1, 2021, registration for regular Spring 2022 classes will get underway. The spring semester course schedule includes classes taught on campus, completely online, through Zoom meetings, and in hybrid formats, offering students flexibility. The spring semester starts in January 2022 and runs until May 2022, with 15-week, 12-week and 8-week sessions. A full list of courses for all sessions may be found at

The college offers a number of options to help students pay for their classes, including financial aid, a tuition payment plan, and opportunities to use 529 College Savings Plans, military and veterans benefits, and scholarships. In addition, students enrolled in certain healthcare; information technology; manufacturing and skilled trades; early childhood education; and public safety and human services programs that lead to high-demand jobs may qualify for tuition assistance through the statewide G3 program. Information about the G3 tuition assistance program may be found at, and options for how to pay for college may be found at

Anyone who wants to learn more about the college, including its majors, student supports, G3 program, tuition payment options, and how to get started, may visit the Advising Center on either campus (, connect with the college through the Help Hub (, or attend a free virtual information session. The information sessions are held weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For details, visit

John Tyler Community College, which is becoming Brightpoint Community College, offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-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 12,790 students during the 2020-21 academic year. It also assisted approximately 5,700 learners, including more than 2,700 job seekers, through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.