Based on increasing concern related to COVID-19 and additional information from the Governor’s Office, WCC will begin operating with only designated staff on the Wytheville campus beginning on Monday, March 23, with other employees teleworking between March 23 and April 3. Buildings will be closed to students, public and non-essential staff.
WCC off-site locations at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and at The Summit Center in Marion will be closed during this time.
- Classes are still ongoing. There should be no impact on current online students.
- Students who are in face-2-face classes are being moved online. Faculty will work with new online students who need assistance.
- Faculty will notify students enrolled in clinicals or internships of program expectations.
- Non-credit Workforce classes will be cancelled through April 3. Workforce staff will be contacting these students with more information.
- Registration for Summer and Fall has been moved to April 6, and the start date for Summer has moved to June 1.
- The IT staff will be working to expand wifi access to parking lots on the Wytheville campus for students who may not have internet access.
- Students who do not have access to electronic devices (computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) should contact faculty, and faculty will work with them on a case-by-case basis.
- As the college will be closed, the Testing Center will not be available for student use. Faculty will provide students with information regarding testing. If you do not have the appropriate equipment to test, please make sure you let your faculty know.
- Tutoring information is available at https://www.wcc.vccs.edu/remote-tutoring or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are scheduling tutoring appointments through ZOOM. Additionally, there is online tutoring and resources for all students through Brainfuse which can be accessed in your MY.WCC.
- Students should contact Student Services 1Stop advisors or visit the WCC chat on the webpage if they have questions regarding college resources, advising, or counseling. The following advisors will be working remotely who can assist you beginning Monday, March 23, 2020:
Bridget Preston email@example.com
Tim West firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Thomas email@example.com
Carol Sheets firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid and Veterans
- Summer financial aid applications will be emailed to student email on March 30, 2020.
- Please be working with an advisor when registering in April to make sure all classes are part of your program.
- Please be checking your student email and your To-Do list in SIS for financial aid information.
- If you have Veterans or Financial Aid questions while the college is closed, you can email them to Lisa Murrell at email@example.com.
- Please remember to check out the webpage at https://www.wcc.vccs.edu/financial-aid or visit the 24/7 Student Support Center.
Admissions and Registration
- The last day to withdraw and receive a “W” has been extended to Monday, March 23.
- Summer and Fall Registration will be delayed until April 6. Additional information will be forthcoming. You can contact an advisor through chat.
- You may contact admissions at 276-223-4702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for application questions, registration information, or transcript information.
- The WCC Bookstore will be closed from March 23 through April 3.
- WCC’s commencement and pinning ceremonies have been cancelled in May. Students will still receive their designated academic awards. Pending the duration of the current coronavirus, the possibility of rescheduling graduation and pinning ceremonies will be considered at a later date.
- Students who have already purchased graduation regalia and invitations will be eligible for a refund with a receipt when the WCC Bookstore re-opens.
- If you have accommodations in place and require assistance, please contact Renee Thomas at email@example.com or call 276-223-4752.
Trade Readjustment Act (TRA) Students
- All WCC locations will be closed to students. For Information about your paperwork, please contact Renee Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-223-4752.
Faculty and Staff>>
Based on increasing concern related to COVID-19 and additional information from the Governor’s Office, WCC will begin operating with only designated staff on the Wytheville Campus, beginning on Monday, March 23, with other employees teleworking between March 23 and April 5. Supervisors will notify the designated staff.
WCC off-site locations at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and the Summit Center in Marion will be closed. Buildings on the WCC Wytheville Campus will be closed to students and the public.
Registration for Summer and Fall has been moved to April 6, and the Calendar Committee has approved moving the start date for Summer to June 1.
- WCC plans to continue to deliver instruction online for the remainder of the semester (with the exception of some health, workforce, and occupational/technical programs. Details will be worked out by Jacob Surratt and Perry Hughes).
- Please continue working with students to help them succeed. We are working to provide support services, but we will need your help to get that information to students and to help us identify students that may need extra assistance.
- March 23 through April 3 designated staff will be on campus; other full-time and a limited number of part-time employees will be working remotely; most part-time employees will be temporarily laid off to be able to access unemployment benefits.
- For those approved to be on-site next week at the Wytheville Campus, please remember to bring your prox card to gain access. All doors will be locked.
- All WCC locations will be closed Friday, March 20, and on Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 3 for deep cleaning.
- Supervisors are working with employees regarding assignments and expectations for telework.
- Non-designated employees should not be on campus unless requested by your supervisor. Non-designated employees should take home any items that they think they may need.
- In order to ensure that we are cleaning and sanitizing all areas that are accessed between March 20 and April 6, individuals other than those designated to be on campus should check in with the WCC Police Department before accessing buildings. We will use this information to ensure that all areas that are accessed are cleaned and sanitized.
- The IT staff will be working to expand wifi access to parking lots for students who may not have internet access.
- Jacob Surratt and Perry Hughes will be working with faculty to make decisions regarding student clinical or internship requirements.
- Perry Hughes will be working with Workforce/Occupational Program faculty who had previously planned to continue instruction next week.
- Summer and Fall registration will be delayed until April 6. Additional information will be forthcoming.
- Faculty are asked to work with students who may not have an electronic device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. We probably will not be able to provide computers, but hopefully, we can help direct them to resources or explore correspondence options.
- Everyone is encouraged to stay safe and follow the guidance issued by the CDC, VDH, Office of the Governor, and other good practices.
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- 03/17/2020 - Chancellor’s Note on COVID-19 and Virginia’s Community Colleges
- 03/17/2020 - WCC Update regarding Commencement
- 03/12/20 - WCC Theatre Production (March 13 and 14) Postponed
- 03/12/20 - WCC March 21 Jamboree Cancelled
- 03/12/20 - WCC Announces Preparations Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak
- 03/11/20 - Faculty and Staff Update
- 02/29/20 - Student, Faculty, and Staff Update
You can help prevent the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus, by following the following recommendations:
- If you have a fever, stay home. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Many of these hygiene awareness practices such as washing your hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your cough, and not sharing drinks or food can help prevent the spread of germs in general.
For more information on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below:
- Virginia Department of Health - Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses
- Virginia Department of Health – Coronavirus Updates
- Centers for Disease Control - 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- All external and internal events that are scheduled at all WCC locations are suspended through April 5. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the college’s website as they become available.
- Facility requests will not be accepted during this time.