NWTC ensuring students can complete their college education

Monday March 30, 2020
In just two short weeks, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has transitioned to remote operations to continue providing education and training that prepares the local skilled workforce.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” order, NWTC closed all campus facilities to students and the public until April 24. The College is currently maximizing work from home options for all employees. 
While NWTC’s buildings might be quiet for now, staff are available by phone, email or online chat. Students have access to College resources like admissions, academic advisors, counseling services, career coaches, and student support services remotely. According to Dr. Jeff Rafn, College president, “Every department is available right now to assist current and future students.”
“During the extended spring break, our employees worked tirelessly to become a remote learning college for the duration of this health emergency. One of our greatest strengths is our employees who care so much about our students,” Rafn said. 
Students also have access to emergency funding and the Shared Harvest Food Pantry via the College’s remote services. Appointments for curbside pickup of groceries and other resources are available.  
“I know this is a very different way for the College to run,” Rafn said. “We don’t know what tomorrow or next week will bring, and there are many questions. Every decision we make is in the best interest of our College community.” 
NWTC will continue with its plans to offer courses online and via remote flexible learning starting March 29 through the rest of the semester. Almost all spring semester courses remain available for students to complete.  
Most labs and hands-on courses will also be taught in a flexible format. The few classes that cannot be taught flexibly have been postponed until the emergency orders are lifted. Students are receiving information from their deans and/or instructors regarding specific instructions for their programs and coursework.  
“I am so impressed with our staff and faculty,” Rafn said. “We are all thinking creatively and doing everything we can to ensure our students continue to receive an education.” 
The College has rescheduled the Green Bay graduation ceremony to June 26. New dates for NWTC Marinette and NWTC Sturgeon Bay graduations will be announced soon.
“Graduation is an important celebration of a significant milestone for our students and their families,” Rafn said. “For many of them, this is the first time they will walk across a stage and receive a college diploma. We want them to have that experience.” 
“This is a time of great patience and understanding,” Rafn said. “We are doing everything in our power to calm our students’ fears. All of us at NWTC remain focused on the success of our students. We will get through this together.” 
As a reminder, all NWTC events have been canceled until further notice. The College has set up a website with resources and information for the public, students and staff.

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