College of New Caledonia Resumes Classes Using Alternate Delivery

Post-secondary students in Quesnel continue to learn their subjects, but courses are being delivered in new ways as the College of New Caledonia (CNC) works to reduce face-to-face contact and stop the spread of COVID-19.

At CNC, as of Monday, March 23, classes are resuming using alternate delivery, and most services and supports will be provided through a combination of online and telephone methods. The college will not provide face-to-face services in most cases.

”The new service delivery methods will be in effect at the same time as students are engaging in alternate learning formats, reducing the need to physically be on campus,” president and CEO Dr. Dennis Johnson said in an update posted March 20 on the college’s website.

“It is important to note that although campuses will remain open, we are putting in a number of enhancements to ensure social distancing, as well as create a reduction in the number of people on-site at any one time.”

At this time, all non-essential events are cancelled, all recreation services are closed, all college international travel is suspended, and all incoming international travellers are advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

For the Office of the Registrar and Admissions, service is available by phone, email and other digital means. Aboriginal Resources and Support services are available by phone, email and other digital means. As well, Accessibility Services and Information Technology services are available by phone, email and other digital means.

Academic Advising services and Testing and Tutorial services are available by phone, email and other digital means. Counselling services and Financial Aid are also available by phone, email or other digital means.

“This change in service delivery enables us to reduce density at our campuses and to promote social distancing, while supporting the health and safety of the college community,” said Johnson. “We are committed to supporting our students, staff and community through continuing operations, just in a different way.”

Service areas will have signage with instructions on how to access services through telephones and emails, and students are encouraged to visit for details and regular updates.

“Your co-operation and understanding as we transition our service model is appreciated,” said Johnson. “We are certainly in a time of change, and I know the CNC community is open to and will embrace a safe and healthy work environment.”

Original article from Quesnel Observer

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