Please know that your health and safety is our primary concern during these confusing times associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. We want to assure you that your academic success here at the College is a priority and we wish to inform you of some decisions made today that will not only ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete their Spring semester coursework, but that students’ plans to graduate from Warren County College this Spring remains a reality.
Due to the societal restrictions, many unknowns, and out of a continued abundance of caution, we have decided to move all Spring semester courses to an online delivery only and to defer “on-campus” learning until June 1st. We do plan to run our summer course schedule; however, there is the possibility that Summer Session A will be offered online only. We will know more in the upcoming weeks, and will keep you informed of any changes.
We’ve also decided to defer the graduation ceremony to a late date, as necessary. We feel it is important enough to students to have a live, in-person ceremony rather than a virtual event. Even if our ceremony is rescheduled to a summer date, all students eligible for graduation this year will have their degrees conferred on the original planned graduation date of May 16, 2020, and you can get transcripts at the end of the semester.
We realize that many of you did not “sign up for” online learning and that moving to a technology based learning environment may be challenging for some. We want to reassure you that our awesome faculty have gone above and beyond to redesign their coursework to ensure that the delivery of course materials and facilitation of instruction is student-focused. In the upcoming days, your instructors will be reaching out through the eLearning classrooms to direct and inform you on how to get started if your classes are transitioning from “on-campus” to “online”.
Here are some important things to for you to know as well:
- The date to withdraw from Spring 2020 classes has been deferred till April 30th, 2020.
- The college campuses will remain closed to all services until May 31st. Our staff will be monitoring phone calls from home and students can email us at any time. We all continue to work full time from the safety of our homes.
- The College is tentatively planning to reopen services on June 1st, 2020, but will be guided by our state executive orders and recommendations from state and local government and healthcare agencies related to social distancing.
- Tutoring is still available from the ISC, but will be conducted remotely. In many cases, this will be virtual face-to-face. Email the ISC at email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Students with existing/ongoing appointments will be contacted individually next week.
- The Library will also continue to function remotely. Please visit the WCCC webpage (www.warren.edu) and click on Library to access library services.
- You can contact Jeremy Beeler in student services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message for him at 90
- Students with technology challenges should contact Dr. Marianne Van Deursen via email (email@example.com ) or leave a message at 908-835-2430. This is particularly important if you do not have a laptop at home or internet in your home. We will also be making follow-up phone calls as we know that some of you may not even see an email without technology.
- If you need to reach the business office, please leave a message at 908-835-2328.
- If you are having difficulty signing into systems, please contact IT support (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stay healthy and know that we remain right alongside you as you continue on your journey with us here at WCCC.
~Dr. William Austin, College President and Dr. Marianne Van Deursen, Vice President of Academics