MUSCLE SHOALS – Northwest-Shoals Community College will offer students hybrid, online, and traditional face-to-face classes in a reduced-capacity this fall.
According to NW-SCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross, NW-SCC will offer classes for students who prefer virtual and traditional learning environments. “Our goal is to offer our students classes in a variety of delivery methods to help them learn in a safe environment that is the most comfortable for them,” said Colagross.
New class options for the fall semester include those taught exclusively online, traditional, face-to-face classes, and hybrid classes. Students will meet with the instructor at least one day each week with the remainder of
instruction online. The majority of classes offered on campus will utilize a distance learning model or hybrid model.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused educational institutions across our country to evaluate and adjust how instruction is delivered on college campuses. We are continuing to build on what we have learned. Our students and faculty have done a tremendous job of adapting to these difficult circumstances. We continue to focus on the two primary objectives: keeping our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible and offering delivery methods that meet the unique situations of all of our students.”
If face-to-face instruction must occur on campus, students will be required to comply with the College’s COVID-19 protocols for social distancing, face coverings, and additional sanitation measures. Students will also be required to complete a COVID-19 online waiver before coming to class.
Classrooms for the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses will be rearranged to meet social distancing guidelines. As part of the NW-SCC COVID-19 plan, face coverings have been purchased for employees and students and sanitization and social distancing signage has been placed on both campuses. Sanitation and cleaning protocols for both campuses have been established as part of the plan.
Students planning to attend either campus or take online courses this fall may register in a virtual format. For more information on registering for fall semester, please visit www.nwscc.edu/2020-summerfall-registration.
“We know how difficult this time has been for everyone in our community,” stated Colagross. “We want to be as supportive as possible for our community, returning students, and new students. We want to encourage and work with everyone who wants to continue their education.”