Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that most fall 2020 for-credit, workforce development, and noncredit courses will be offered online or remotely, although many lab, culinary, health sciences, and related courses could be offered in person pending state approval and the school’s adherence to safety protocols recommended by the healthcare community.
The college launched remote learning in March. It started spring break early so that the school could migrate classroom instruction to virtual instruction as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the state.
As of June 14, Hudson County had 18,746 residents with positive test results and 1,254 deaths.
HCCC serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students annually and offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs.
By offering more classes virtually the college said it will be able to offer fewer courses in person this fall, if permitted by the state. This means it can assign more space for face-to-face instruction so students can safely socially distance.
“If fall on-ground operations are permitted by the state, we are planning focused, face-to-face instruction in areas such as nursing/health sciences, STEM, culinary arts, and other lab courses,” Reber said. “These would be offered using safety measures such as social distancing as recommended by the health care community, and in some instances using hybrid and/or alternate timing scenarios.”
HCCC said it will also adhere to all health and safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, and the monitored use of personal protective equipment.
Task force evaluates on-campus operations
An HCCC Return to Campus (RTC) Task Force is evaluating which student support services will return on-ground when a gradual return is permitted, and the parameters for on-campus operations are announced by the state and healthcare agencies.
These are likely to include libraries, computer labs, and in-person services in areas such as registration, financial aid, and testing.
Online training for students and faculty will continue to be offered so that all students can progress in their academic programs.
The HCCC RTC Task Force is composed of approximately 30 HCCC faculty, staff, and students, including healthcare professionals. It has five working groups: Academic Affairs/Teaching and Learning; Campus Life and Student Support Services; Health and Safety; Human Resources; and Space and Facilities.
Reber said the task force plans are informed by two guiding principles: ensuring the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff; and maintaining a commitment to students’ success both inside and outside the classroom.
“We look forward to welcoming all students to our campuses when the time is right, hopefully beginning this fall,” Reber said. “Our faculty and staff members are working every day to ensure that our students will have the resources and assistance they need to achieve their academic goals in an environment that is safe and focused on the success of our students.”
Additional information on HCCC Fall 2020 courses and programming is available at www.hccc.edu/schedule.