MCC plans to be back in the classroom for fall semester
Montcalm Community College plans to return to in-person classes on both its Sidney and Greenville campuses for fall semester 2020. In addition to in-person classes, MCC will offer online, hybrid and live online course options, too.
MCC will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by public health officials and will take extra safety precautions to return to in-person instruction this fall. Some precautions include:
- Smaller class sizes.
- Continued deep cleaning.
- Students and staff wipe in and wipe out their work area upon entering a room and when they leave.
- Wear masks on campus.
- Follow social distancing protocols.
- Plexiglass shields installed in a variety of office areas.
- Hand sanitizing stations in each building.
- Limited access to buildings, based on need.
- Daily health screenings, as needed.
“We have received widespread feedback from students that most want to return to the classroom as soon as possible instead of receiving all of their instruction online,” said MCC President Stacy H. Young, Ph.D. “We are committed to delivering the highest quality instruction we can in the format students prefer, while meeting the health and safety standards necessary due to COVID-19.
“We also understand that some students simply are not comfortable being on campus,” she added, “so we have added technology to address this concern.”
To try to meet the varying instructional needs, MCC is investing more than $200,000 to equip many of its classrooms with technology that will allow students to attend an in-person class from another location through the Internet, so they may participate in class during the scheduled class time without physically being in the classroom.
“We are doing everything we can to support our students,” said MCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Spohr. “For fall, we have added several sections of general education courses and courses that are highly transferrable to other colleges and universities. We have been proactive in expanding our offerings and for fall only, we have waived GNST 115 - Effective Online Learning, which is typically required before a student may enroll in an online class.
“We’re trying to reduce barriers for students and offer the high-quality instruction they deserve,” Spohr added.
For a complete list of MCC’s fall course offerings and a link to register, visit www.montcalm.edu/2020-fall. MCC’s fall classes begin Aug. 22, unless otherwise noted. Registration is available now and will continue until fall classes begin.