Based on increasing concern related to COVID-19 and current available information, Wytheville Community College (WCC) will begin operating with only designated staff beginning on Monday, March 23. Other college employees will telework between March 23 and April 3. WCC’s off-site locations at the Crossroads Institute in Galax and at The Summit Center in Marion will be closed.
A small number of designated employees will staff the Wytheville campus from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This will allow these employees to monitor overall college services and assist students via email, phone, or online chat; however, buildings will be closed to students and the public. All WCC locations will be closed March 20, March 27, and April 3, for cleaning.
This announcement follows last week’s decision to cancel face-to-face classes from March 16 through March 23. Online classes continued as scheduled. Faculty are currently working to transition face-to-face classes to an online format, and they will communicate with students enrolled in their courses.
“The safety and health of our students and employees are our highest priority,” said Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President. “We understand that moving to the remote delivery of instruction may be challenging, especially for students who prefer face-to-face classes. However, this is our best option under the circumstances.”
To help students who may not be familiar with taking online classes, WCC has posted tips about taking online classes on the college website, and faculty and staff are working directly with their students during the transition. Tutors are available to “meet” with students through online technology to assist as well.
Students who do not have internet access or who do not have electronic devices (computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) should contact their faculty. WCC is also working to expand wifi access to parking lots near WCC’s Wytheville campus for students who may not have internet access.
Faculty will work with students enrolled in clinicals or internships of program to determine if these will continue. Workforce/Occupational Program classes will be cancelled through April 3.
The Testing Center will be closed. Faculty will communicate with students regarding alternative testing options.
On Tuesday, the Virginia Community College System announced that all spring commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, including WCC’s commencement and pinning ceremonies. “We regret that we will not be able to honor your achievements in a formal ceremony, but students will still receive their designated academic awards,” said Sprinkle. Pending the duration of the current coronavirus, the possibility of graduation and pinning ceremonies will be considered at a later date.
The WCC Bookstore will be closed from March 23 through April 3. Students who have already purchased graduation regalia or invitations and have a receipt will be eligible for a refund when the WCC Bookstore re-opens.
Summer and Fall registration will be delayed until April 6. Additional information will be forthcoming and will be posted on the WCC website.
Additional updates will be posted periodically on the college’s website at www.wcc.vccs.edu.