Columbia College will offer students and the community a full schedule of online courses and services for the Fall 2020 semester, and is hosting weekly online student information forums to help students navigate the new formats and stay informed. Fall semester courses and services will be offered primarily online, beginning August 24, 2020. Fall classes will consist of online lectures, mostly online labs, and a small number of face-to-face labs. Face-to-face labs will use physical distancing, personal protective equipment, and sanitation procedures to provide the safest learning environments possible.
To communicate regularly and effectively with all staff and students, the campus started weekly Columbia College emails, and hosts Columbia College Student Forums live online at 1 p.m. every Wednesday. “We want students to know that we are open, we are here all summer, and we want to hear from you,” said Jen Bick who supports the college’s Fire Academy and coordinates the weekly forums.
Using this Zoom link (https://bit.ly/ccstudentforum), any student can listen live to the questions and concerns students have about starting another semester during the COVID-19 emergency. The Columbia College Student Forums have received such a positive response, plans are set to continue the forums through the Fall semester, and to add evening sessions for students or potential students who work during the day. “The upheaval that COVID-19 has imposed sometimes creates a spark for exploring interests or a new career,” says Kirsten Moss Frye, Columbia College Dean of Student Services. “We hope there are adult learners in our community considering or reconsidering college. The Student Forums are an excellent option to learn more.”
All students and community members are encouraged to join in all the Wednesday Student Forums at 1 p.m. to stay informed and feel ready for the Fall 2020 semester. Remaining forums before instruction starts August 24 are as follows:
· 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 29
· 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 5
· 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 12
· 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 17
All sessions will be recorded and saved on the college’s website to accommodate those who are unable to attend during the scheduled times.
Forums will continue throughout the Fall 2020 semester to help students stay informed as national, state, and local public health directives about the COVID-19 pandemic evolve.
For further information about Columbia College, application assistance, or to make individual Zoom appointments, call Columbia College Counseling at (209) 588-5109.