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Flexible learning begins March 29

Author: Kara Leiterman

Friday March 20, 2020

 Greetings NWTC Students,

In the midst of such uncertain times, one thing that is certain is that NWTC is doing everything possible to prepare for a return to classes. We care about you – You are the essence of our College and the reason we do what we do.

Please know that we are working daily to create learning plans and services that will be offered in flexible formats designed to help you the best we can, while abiding by the public health emergency guidelines. Our faculty and staff are preparing to facilitate class discussions, provide quality instruction and feedback, and support students at every step of your learning path. Given that we must protect the health and safety of the college faculty and staff as well as that of our students, this may not be the same experience you have had in the past, but we are determined to provide meaningful and personalized experiences for students. 

Most importantly, how are you feeling? If you are feeling uncertain, confused, anxious, and/or scared, please know that you are not alone. We all are feeling many of those same emotions; However, I can assure you that we are also very motivated and empowered to support you in every way that we can. We are united in trying to offer you the services that we always have, even though they might look a little different.  As a reminder, telecounseling services are available via phone and web conferencing.

We are here for you. Yes, the College is taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the amount of activity and number of people on our campuses and regional learning centers, but support services are working remotely and ready assist you. While the college is closed to students until March 29, you can still access any of our student services virtually and we look forward to connecting with you in a way that works for you.  Please visit our new student resources webpage for the information about how to access all our campus services remotely.

What does this mean to you? Effective March 29 until further notice:

·      Classes will not meet in-person. Classes will begin meeting online or with alternative delivery until further notice. Students, please check blackboard or your email for more information. 

·      Students enrolled in Labs and hands-on courses will receive information directly from their deans and/or instructors over the next few weeks. The ability to offer labs and hands-on courses while still meeting public health guidelines will vary from courses to course.

I understand that this is a very different way for the College to operate over the next several weeks. All of us at NWTC are focused on your success and will continue to be with you as you continue your journey with us. I expect that there will be many additional questions regarding learning, future events, and the ability to resume normal operations. Please keep checking our COVID-19 response website for information, as things are changing quickly. Please take good care, do your best to practice social distancing, and support your fellow classmates where possible. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this together. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Jeff Rafn  

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