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The faculty and staff at Wilkes Community College stand ready to support our students fully as we work through this crisis. The college administration stands ready to support our faculty and staff in that work. We ask that everyone continue to refer to this page for the most up-to-date information on anything related to the College’s institutional response. Wilkes Community College serves a resilient community, and we will get through this together. We will keep you updated with the latest information available as we move forward.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Wilkes Community College serves between 10,000 – 11,000 students annually and has approximately 800 full-time and part-time employees.

The Active Cases graph represents the daily log of active COVID-19 cases starting on August 27th, 2020. An individual is considered active during the period between their positive test date and their follow-up date. To the side of the graph you can see today’s active cases broken down by students and employees.

The Cumulative Cases graph represents the total amount of cases over time starting on August 27th, 2020. Every new active case is included in the graph at the date it became active, building towards the overall number of cases. To the side of the graph you can see the total amount of cases broken down by students and employees.

Campus Safety

Masks must be worn inside all WCC buildings including the main campus, Ashe campus, Alleghany Center or other instructional location. Disposable masks are available in the Human Resources Office and in division offices if you need one.

  • While the social distancing mandate is lifted, we are encouraging everyone to continue to practice social distancing where practical. For example, maintaining at least two feet of social distance in classrooms is still recommended.
  • People who have not been vaccinated should consider trying to continue to maintain the six feet of social distance when feasible.
  • We will discontinue the weekly COVID-19 Attestation Form for Faculty/Staff and daily for the students. Instead, we will simply ask those who are having symptoms, have been diagnosed with or had a known exposure to COVID-10 to self-report.
  • Any person exhibiting these symptoms — fever in last 48 hours, new cough or shortness of breath — should not come to campus. Please continue to monitor yourself for any COVID-19-related symptoms and stay home if you have any of these symptoms.
  • Please use the COVID-19 Reporting Form to report if you are having symptoms of, been exposed to, tested and awaiting results for, or been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Students should also notify their instructors if they self-report.
  • Employees should also notify their immediate supervisors.

The Governor and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services strongly recommend unvaccinated persons eligible for vaccination in the state be vaccinated as soon as possible. All persons in North Carolina age 12 and older are eligible. Wilkes Community College encourages all members of the college community – students, faculty and staff – to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Everyone is expected to practice good hygiene, including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, not with your hands; not touching your face; handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; and using hand sanitizer.

You are expected to wash your hands:

  • At the beginning and end of each class or work shift
  • After using the restroom
  • Before and after eating
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

Hand sanitizer will be placed at the main entrance of each building. Please use the sanitizer every time you enter a building.

We will re-open our wellness/fitness rooms.  Our custodial staff will complete a thorough cleaning daily. We will also provide disinfecting wipes and ask that you wipe off the equipment after each use.

  • We have been working toward a full transition back to campus for all employees by August 1, 2021.
  • Given this new guidance, we will begin that transition immediately, with a deadline for all employees to return fully back to campus from their telework locations by Monday, June 14, 2021.
  • Any future telework arrangements beyond that date must be approved by your immediate supervisor and the rest of the chain of command, with the president having final approval for each individual making that request.

All travel restrictions are lifted with the exception that when students and/or employees are riding together for field trips or professional travel, we will follow the guidelines for public transportation and ask that masks be worn while in vehicles.

Online Learning

Visit the Online Learning page for information about course types, frequently asked questions, and more.

“How Do I…” guides are available on Prowler. If you need further assistance, please submit a Prowler Help Desk Ticket.

Online tutoring is available via Microsoft Teams or Collaborate.

To access tutoring, students can click the button below, the tutoring icon on Prowler, or click “Schedule Tutoring” in the Tutoring Help section in Moodle. Students can also submit papers online to be reviewed.

High school students enrolled in college courses can receive additional tutoring through Tutor.com.

Communicate Often.

  • Check Moodle and your WCC email account daily for communications from faculty and staff. For your convenience, download the Outlook app to your smartphone.
  • Advising for summer and fall is taking place virtually using email, phone and other forms of technology. Please contact your academic advisor using your WCC email account for advising.
  • For questions about tutoring and study skills support, connect live with an ASC staff member in Moodle on Academic Support Center: Tutoring.
  • If you’re part of the SAGE program, stay in close contact with your SAGE staff.

Take Care Of Yourself.

  • Get adequate rest, nutrition, exercise and sleep to keep yourself healthy.
  • Balance coursework with time to read and interact with friends and family virtually through social media and video chat.
  • Make sure you have the food, medication, toiletries and other household items you need to go about your daily life.
  • Need a little help? Check out the Resources page for campus and community help available, including free and reduced cost services.
  • Personal counseling is provided to currently enrolled Wilkes Community College students on a short term basis. Visit the Counseling page to learn more. For emergencies, call 911.

Utilize Available Resources.

  • The Academic Support Center will provide online tutoring via Skype or Microsoft Teams. To access tutoring, students can go to the “Schedule Tutoring” link in the Tutoring Help section in Moodle, or click on the Tutoring Icon on WCC Prowler. Students can also submit papers to be reviewed at WCC PaperReview. For more information, watch this video.
  • High school students enrolled in college courses can receive additional tutoring through Tutor.com.
  • Access Pardue Library resources online. For immediate assistance, Ask-a-Librarian on our 24/7 research assistance chat room.
  • Find broadband internet options near you in the Resources tab.

Manage Your Environment.

  • Schedule specific times in your day to dedicate to studying or participating in your online class. Check with your instructor to see if you should be calling into live web classes.
  • Consider using the “Do Not Disturb” function on your devices or a lockdown browser on your computer when you are trying to manage distractions.
  • Find a space that is comfortable and allows you to focus. This can be your home base for coursework.
  • Allow yourself time for breaks.

Ask For Help.

  • Need tech support? Read the “How Do I…?” guides on WCC Prowler! If you can’t find the information you need, submit a Prowler Help Desk ticket.
  • If you need learning accommodations, request help from Disability Services.
  • Contact your instructor for resources specific to your courses, or your academic advisor with any academic questions you may have.
  • If you need help beyond academics – if you don’t have a computer, or are worried about where your next meal is going to come from – please reach out to us. We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to support you through this time.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Student Emergency Grant

Wilkes Community College (WCC) signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 24, 2020. WCC provides assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Wilkes Community College has received $700,541 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Wilkes Community College estimates that 960 students at the institution are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

As of October 9, 2020, Wilkes Community College has distributed 977 grants, funded under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grant Program, totaling $732,791 to 819 students.

Funds will be awarded on a weekly basis, based on receipt of applications.

Wilkes Community College used the following criteria to determine student eligibility for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. All eligible students will receive $750.00.

  • To qualify a student must have been enrolled in 9 or more credit hours that were not exclusively online instruction as of March 13, 2020. Students enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours may apply by providing documentation of extenuating circumstances.
  • Per the Department of Education, only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in these programs include US citizenship or eligible noncitizenship; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma or GED.
  • Therefore, the following students are not eligible for the Student Emergency Assistance funds:
    • Career and College Promise (high school) students
    • Wilkes Early College High School and Ashe Early College High School students
    • International and undocumented students (including DACA)
    • Online students (enrolled exclusively in online classes as of March 13)
    • Students who are not maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)

Wilkes Community College put information about the Emergency grants on our COVID-19 webpage. The following information was provided to students.

The US Department of Education has distributed funds to college to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing (including increased utility costs), technology (including computer or WiFi access for online classes), and other items.

WCC sent eligible students an email link to the online application. Students were required to use their WCC user ID and password to access the application. All students were sent follow-up communication about their application to their WCC student email address.

Funds will be dispersed via direct deposit or check. The college will make every effort to distribute funds on a weekly basis.

CARES Act Institutional Funds Reports

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA); also referred to as HEERF 2

Wilkes Community College (WCC) signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on January 19, 2021. WCC provides assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than the required amount of funds received to provide HEERF grants to students.

Wilkes Community College has received $700,541 from the Department to award emergency grants to students which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or childcare.

Wilkes Community College acknowledges that it prioritized grants to students with exceptional need.

Exceptional Need was first defined as WCC students receiving Pell grants. On March 26, 2021, WCC awarded grants to 689 students, with full-time students receiving $750 and part-time students receiving $500, for a total of $450,250.

On June 2, 2021, WCC awarded grants in the amount of $500 to 61 Workforce Development students enrolled in programs leading to a workforce credential who demonstrated an exceptional need. This need was determined by an application where students indicated a financial need stemming from loss of employment for self or family members, reduced income, food insecurity, housing insecurity or other exceptional needs due to the coronavirus.

On Friday, June 25, 293 traditional students enrolled summer semester who did not receive emergency grants fall or spring semester, received the following email:

As a student attending WCC during 2021 summer you have been selected to apply for a HEERF II Student Emergency Grant. These funds are available to our students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II grant that was authorized by congress through the CRRSAA of 2021. These funds are to assist students enrolled at Wilkes who have a need for housing, food, etc. related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a grant that does not need to be paid back and is available to our traditional college students this summer. In order to receive these funds, you will need to complete the application below. Applications should be submitted by July 2, 2021 for consideration. This is an electronic application that will be submitted immediately upon completion. Once approved you will receive an email to your WCC email address letting you know when you can expect to receive the funds. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

On July 16, 89 students received emergency grants in the amount of $750, for a total awarded of $66,750.

On July 30, 2021, 47 students received emergency grants in the amount of $750, for a total of $35,250.

As of July 30, 2021, WCC had dispersed $582,750.

On September 24, 2021, 186 students received emergency grants totaling $117,791.

Students who completed the FAFSA and had a maximum EFC of $15,000 were awarded grants, distributed as following:

  • 1-6 credit hours: 87 students received $500
  • 7-11 credit hours: 97 students received $750; 1 student received $407.50; 1 student received $1133.50

As of September 24, 2021, Wilkes Community College has distributed 1072 grants, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, totaling $700,541.

American Rescue Plan/HEERF III

Wilkes Community College received $2,422,469 from the American Rescue Plan Act for the purpose of awarding emergency grants to students which may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or childcare.

Wilkes Community College acknowledges that it will prioritize grants to students with exceptional need.

On September 24, 2021, WCC awarded grants to 714 students with exceptional need, which included students who submitted a FAFSA with a maximum EFC of $15,000.

Emergency grant awards were distributed as follows:

Credit Hours Amount Per Student Number of Students Total Amount
1-6 $500 46 $23,000
7-11 $700 192 $144,000
12+ $1,000 475 $475,000
1 student paid from both HEERF 2 and 3: $342.50 HEERF 3
Total Awarded $642,342.50

On October 15, 2021, WCC awarded grants to 803 students who did not have a FAFSA on file or who had an EFC greater than $15,000. According to the HOPE Center, 50% of non-Pell eligible students are basic needs insecure; therefore WCC has determined that these students have a need for HEERF III emergency grants.

Emergency grant awards were distributed as follows:

Credit Hours Amount Per Student Number of Students Total Amount
1-6 $250 293 $73,250
7-11 $500 259 $129,500
12+ $750 251 $188,250
Total Awarded 10/15/21 803 $391,000
Total HEERF III Awarded 1517 $1,033,342.50
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, emergency grant aid was awarded to curriculum students with increased hours due to enrollment in late start classes, and to Workforce Development student enrolled in programs leading to a workforce credential.

Emergency grant awards were distributed as follows:

Credit Hours EFC Amount Per Student Number of Students Total Amount
1-6 $0 – $15,000 $500 8 $4,000
$15,001+ / no FAFSA $250 13 $3,250
7-11 $0 – $15,000 $750 1 $750
$250 37 $9,250
$15,001+ / no FAFSA $250 29 $7,250
$500 2 $1,000
12+ $0 – $15,000 $250 103 $25,750
$500 15 $8,500
$1,000 1 $1,000
$15,001+ / no FAFSA $250 44 $11,000
$500 1 $500
$750 2 $1,500
WDCE NA $750 77 $57,750
$500 95 $47,500
Total Awarded 11/17/21 429 $178,000
Total Unduplicated Students Receiving HEERF III Awards 1721 $1,210,842.50

Tuition Credit for Repeated Courses

Students are eligible for a tuition credit if they withdrew from a 2020 spring semester seated course after March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19 reasons. The guidelines for this option are listed below.

  • Withdrawal from the seated course due to COVID-19 reasons must be documented on the withdrawal form.
  • Last date of attendance in the course must have been after March 13, 2020.
  • Tuition credit is for only the course that is being repeated.
  • Tuition credit is only available if the course is repeated during the 2020 summer term, 2020 fall semester, or 2021 spring semester.
  • Tuition credit is only available for one attempt at repeating the course.

Instructions for Utilizing the Tuition Credit Option

  1. Register for the course that is to be repeated.
  2. Notify the registrar’s office that a 2020SP semester seated course is being repeated due to COVID-19 reasons.
    Image of Michael Ward
    Michael Ward, MBA
    Registrar
    Phone: 336-838-6489
    mrward284@wilkescc.edu
    Image of Cindy Smith
    Cindy Smith, BS
    Assistant Registrar
    Phone: 336-838-6171
    cbsmith320@wilkescc.edu
  3. Registrar’s office will verify if course is eligible for tuition credit.
  4. If eligibility is confirmed, tuition credit will be awarded for the course.

Note:  The funds for the tuition credit option are being provided through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

Resources

  • Second Harvest Food Bank
    www.secondharvestnwnc.org/find-help
  • Wilkes Ministry of h.o.p.e.
    Open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (need one form of ID)
    (336) 903-1414
  • Byrd Ridge Crisis Center
    Open Wednesday
    (336) 838-5847
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church
    Open the 3rd Saturday of each month
    (336) 452-4077
  • Samaritan’s Kitchen
    Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    (336) 838-5331
  • BROC
    Open Monday – Friday
    (336) 667-7174
  • Antioch Baptist Church
    (336) 984-2323
  • Unified City Church
    Wednesday 5 – 8 (emergency only)
    (336) 990-0132
  • The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. Hope4NC is now available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to speak to a live person. The Hope4NC Helpline was set up by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    1-800-799-7233

Past Communications

Hello WCC Faculty, Staff and Students!

Well, the day we all have been anticipating for over a year is finally here—we are getting ready to shift back to life as we used to know it before COVID-19! As many of you are aware, on Friday, May 14, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions for vaccinated people. If you are fully vaccinated, the following restrictions were lifted.

  • No statewide face mask requirement in most settings
  • No mandatory indoor or outdoor mass gathering limits
  • No mandatory indoor or outdoor capacity limits
  • No mandatory social distancing requirements

Effective immediately, Wilkes Community College will follow the updated guidance from Governor Cooper and the CDC. Face masks and social distancing protocols, while still strongly encouraged for unvaccinated people, are no longer mandatory for all and will not be actively monitored and enforced by college personnel. For all of those who have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine to protect your own health and that of your loved ones. If you will not be getting the vaccine, we certainly encourage you to continue to wear your masks and practice social distancing for your own protection.

Wearing Masks

  • Masks should still be worn in these situations, per the Governor’s Executive Order 215:
    • Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by anyone not fully vaccinated in all situations.
    • Masks are required to be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors in student camps, prisons, medical/clinical facilities (including in Herring Hall), and in public schools (including our Early College campuses in Wilkes and Ashe).
  • During this transition time, please be understanding as our employees and students make their decisions concerning wearing face masks on campus.
  • If anyone asks you to wear a mask in a meeting in a small office space because they are uncomfortable, immuno-compromised, or a caretaker of someone who has not been vaccinated, we are asking you to honor that request.
  • Disposable masks are available in the Human Resources Office and in division offices if you need one.
  • Nothing prevents employees and students from continuing to wear face masks if they so choose, and many folks will likely continue to wear masks.
  • Please keep in mind individuals should not be asked to disclose their vaccination status or why they are wearing a face mask. This is private information and should be respected.

Social Distancing

  • While the social distancing mandate is lifted, we are encouraging everyone to continue to practice social distancing where practical. For example, maintaining at least two feet of social distance in classrooms is still recommended.
  • People who have not been vaccinated should consider trying to continue to maintain the six feet of social distance when feasible.

COVID-19 Attestation Form

  • We will discontinue the weekly COVID-19 Attestation Form for Faculty/Staff and daily for the students. Instead, we will simply ask those who are having symptoms, have been diagnosed with or had a known exposure to COVID-10 to self-report.
  • Any person exhibiting these symptoms — fever in last 48 hours, new cough or shortness of breath — should not come to campus. Please continue to monitor yourself for any COVID-19-related symptoms and stay home if you have any of these symptoms.
  • Please use the COVID-19 Reporting Form to report if you are having symptoms of, been exposed to, tested and awaiting results for, or been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Students should also notify their instructors if they self-report.
  • Employees should also notify their immediate supervisors.

Returning to Campus

  • We have been working toward a full transition back to campus for all employees by August 1, 2021.
  • Given this new guidance, we will begin that transition immediately, with a deadline for all employees to return fully back to campus from their telework locations by Monday, June 14, 2021.
  • Any future telework arrangements beyond that date must be approved by your immediate supervisor and the rest of the chain of command, with the president having final approval for each individual making that request.

Wellness Center

We will re-open our wellness/fitness rooms.  Our custodial staff will complete a thorough cleaning daily. We will also provide disinfecting wipes and ask that you wipe off the equipment after each use.

Travel Restrictions

All travel restrictions are lifted with the exception that when students and/or employees are riding together for field trips or professional travel, we will follow the guidelines for public transportation and ask that masks be worn while in vehicles.

It’s Not Too Late—Go Get Your Vaccination!

The Governor and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services strongly recommend unvaccinated persons eligible for vaccination in the state be vaccinated as soon as possible. All persons in North Carolina age 12 and older are eligible. Wilkes Community College encourages all members of the college community – students, faculty and staff – to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing you all back on campus soon!

Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
WCC President

Dear Wilkes Community College Family,

At Wilkes Community College, our number one priority is always the health and safety of our students and employees. As the situation around COVID-19 rapidly evolves, we find ourselves in new territory. I am confident that our college community will care for one another and work together as we balance the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff with our strong desire to continue to fulfill our obligation to provide our students with a high-quality educational experience.

Over the past several months, Wilkes Community College has been monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and actively responding, in close consultation with local, state and federal public health experts, our NCCS system office and our peer institutions. We are guided by four key goals that are common throughout the North Carolina Community College System: 1) safeguarding the health of students, faculty and staff; 2) ensuring students complete their classes; 3) maintaining the college’s operations; and 4) joining in the statewide and national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we gather new information, we will continue to use these goals to guide our best judgment and I ask you to do this as well.

Our faculty and staff at Wilkes Community College stand ready to support our students fully as we work through this crisis. The college administration stands ready to support our faculty and staff in that work. We ask that everyone continue to refer to https://www.wilkescc.edu/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information on anything related to the College’s institutional response. Wilkes Community College serves a resilient community, and we will get through this together. We promise to keep you updated with the latest information available as we move forward.

Best regards,

Jeff Cox, Ed.D.
WCC President

Dear WCC Students,

I hope you are all doing well as we work our way through some turbulent times.  The faculty and staff at Wilkes Community College have been hard at work making all the adjustments necessary to move all of our classes online starting Monday, March 23rd.  We know this is not an ideal scenario for you or our instructors, but we are doing the responsible thing to combat this COVID-19 pandemic.  Your health and well-being are our highest priority.  Please click on the link below to see a video message directly from me.  Most of what I mention in the video is referenced in the text below in case you want to refer back to it later.

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As we make our way through the first week of adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out to you with my thanks and encouragement. These are tough times but we are going to get through this together at Wilkes Community College.  As you have heard by now, all classes are shifting to an online format starting Monday.  Get into your Moodle accounts and get in touch with your instructors or the Academic Support Center if you have any questions or concerns about learning online.

I’m sure you’re wondering what is going to happen with your courses, perhaps your internships and practicums, perhaps your graduation timeline. I know the uncertainty of such a rapidly changing situation can be difficult and stressful.

I want you to know you are not alone.

Our staff and faculty here at the college have been in high gear these past several days working through strategies for how to make sure your education continues, and your goals are accomplished.

Reach out to your instructors. Reach out to student services and the academic support center.

Support is available to you, even if you’re not on campus. Check your email, connect with your instructors through virtual office hours, set up online tutoring. Look on our website for the WCC Prowler Student Resource Portal, as there are a lot of resources there.

If you’re part of the SAGE program, stay in close contact with your SAGE staff. All of these support services are available to you. Take advantage of them. Be proactive about asking for help. Keep pushing forward with your course work. You can do this!

I know… this may be difficult and inconvenient.

We are more than likely at just the beginning of a long journey with this pandemic over the coming months. But we will work together to overcome the challenges ahead of us. There may be changes to how and when your classes are conducted. Your instructors will do their best to adjust. I want to thank you, in advance, for being patient with them, just as they will be patient with you during this transition. 

Lastly… if you need help beyond academics. If you lack internet connection, or don’t have a computer, or are worried about where your next meal is going to come from, please reach out to us. Email an instructor, an advisor or counselor, someone in SAGE, or email me!  We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to support you through this time.

On the WCC website, there is a COVID-19 page. You’ll see notes there about Broadband Internet as well as under the “Additional Resources” section, a link to Community Resources. We will do our best to pair you with the support our college and our community has to offer.

For your convenience, we have set up the lower parking lot near the tennis courts as a “hotspot” where you can connect to our internet from your cars.  I look forward to getting you all back in our buildings on campus, but in the meantime you can at least log in from home or from our parking lot to complete your assignments!

I’ll be thinking of you all in the days ahead as we face this challenge together. Be safe, take care of yourselves and your families, reach out with questions, and know that we are here to help.

Take Care,

Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
President
Wilkes Community College
(336) 838-6112

Effective March 23, 2020, we are converting all our courses to online with the exception of programs which are directly connected to meeting public health and public safety needs during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

Areas Exempted from Restrictions to Online Instruction Only:

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Emergency Medical & Rescue Training
  • Nursing
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Clinicals, Labs, Simulations Associated with Above
  • Registered Apprenticeship students should follow protocol of their places of employment

Instructors for explicitly exempted programs are encouraged to use face-to-face instruction only for labs, clinicals, or where face-to-face classroom instruction is required.

If face-to-face instruction is used with these exempted programs, the following conditions must be met:

  • With the exception of clinicals all classes must be held in a WCC-managed facility.
  • Students and faculty follow appropriate social distancing and safety measures.
  • Students are willing to participate and are not penalized if they opt to delay instruction.
  • Students are provided appropriate personal protective equipment, if applicable. (Example: If a clinical location is giving masks to their nurses, our nursing students should be given the same devices.)

Following the directives issued by the towns of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, and Ronda in an amendment to the Declaration of State of Emergency prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more persons at the same time in one area, Wilkes Community College has implemented the following measures.

Effective immediately:

  • All WCC Campus buildings are closed to all students and the public without prior approval of the WCC Administration.
  • All campus playgrounds and picnic areas are closed.
  • All Walker Center and Watson Stage events have been cancelled or postponed through the end of March.
  • All facility rentals to include the Randolph Hall Gymnasium, Alumni Hall Commons, and Mayes Pit/Cohn Auditorium have been cancelled until further notice. This includes the use of the labs, shops, gym, and weight room.
  • The WCC walking trail, grounds, and other areas that are considered public daily use areas will remain open to the public and available for normal use.

On Friday, March 27, the Governor issued an Executive “Stay at Home” Order effective Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The Order does not affect how community colleges are currently operating.

Therefore, services and instruction outlined in our COVID-19 Response update on March 23 are still in place to make sure our students can complete their courses successfully and that our workplaces are safe.

Students enrolled in public health and public safety courses that have face-to-face components will continue as planned.

Employees who have certain parts of their jobs that must be done on campus and that they believe are “essential” functions of the college should get permission from their supervisors to do that work on campus instead of from home. Supervisors will, in turn, get permission from the vice president level of the college administration. To the greatest extent possible, WCC employees should work from home until further notice.

All interactions on all WCC sites are in strict adherence to social distancing and other required practices such as making sure there are no more than 10 people, having hand sanitizer available, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces regularly.

We are all in this together, and our faculty and staff stand ready to help. Please let us know how we can help.

Show your support of WCC and use #WCCtogether in your social media posts.

We know that many of you are wondering about whether all of the classes scheduled for Summer 2020 courses will be online. Our first priority at WCC is to be sure that our students, faculty and staff are safe. We want courses that have hands-on and clinical components to be able to meet in person, if it is safe to do so, but we don’t want to take chances with your health. We will be keeping up with state and local recommendations in the coming days, and we will make a decision about summer classes on Wednesday, April 29. Many of our summer semester courses are already scheduled to be fully online, and those will not change. If we do not feel it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus on June 1, we will start all of our courses online, then try to convert back to face-to-face meetings as conditions allow. Please go ahead and register now for the classes you want to take this summer; that way we’ll be able to communicate directly with you about your classes. (Same for the fall classes—register now, you don’t have to pay yet.) If we do have to convert all the summer courses to fully online courses and you decide that you do not want to take online courses, you will be able to drop them. So, keep an eye out for another message from us about the summer schedule on April 29! If you have questions, please contact your advisor.

We hope you don’t let this COVID-19 pandemic distract you from your long-term educational goals.  Hang in there and stay on track—we will get through this #WCCtogether!

  • Yesterday, April 23, Governor Cooper issued an executive order, extending the Stay At Home order through May 8th.  The orders extending the closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.
  • Governor Cooper shared details about North Carolina’s plan to lift restrictions in three phases once the data show that key metrics are headed in the right direction.
  • Governor Cooper also shared information about how North Carolina can gradually re-open over three phases to prevent hot spots of viral spread while also beginning to bring our economy back. These phases are based on the best information available now but could be altered as new information emerges.
  • An important thing to note is that in Phase 1, the limitation on mass gatherings of no more than 10 people will still be in effect.
  • We are continuing to monitor state and local government recommendations and will announce our decision for Summer 2020 courses on Wednesday, April 29.
  • Dr. Cox will be hosting a Facebook Live session from the WCC Facebook page at 4:00pm on April 29th to make the announcement about summer school and give other updates.
  • Remember to check your Moodle & student email accounts several times a day as well as our COVID-19 page to keep up any new announcements.

President’s Video Message, April 24

The curriculum summer semester will begin on June 1, 2020. To protect the safety and well-being of students and employees, all curriculum summer classes will begin in an online format for the first two weeks (June 1 – 12) while the college continues to implement safety protocols.

Curriculum classes that are scheduled to meet on campus should begin transitioning to that format the week of June 15. Instructors of these classes will be emailing their students with more information. Please check your student email for more details.

Curriculum summer classes with Face-to-Face contact affected include:

  • DEN-107-WB01 Clinical Practice II
  • EMS-160-H01 Cardiology I
  • NUR-114-WB01 Holistic Health Concepts
  • NUR-114-WB31 Holistic Health Concepts
  • AUB-114-WB01 Special Finishes
  • AUB-136-WB01 Plastics & Adhesives
  • TRN-140-WB01 Transp Climate Control
  • TRN-140-WB02 Transp Climate Control
  • TRN-140-WB03 Transp Climate Control
  • TRN-140-WB04 Transp Climate Control
  • TRN-140-WB05 Transp Climate Control
  • TRN-140A-WB61 Transp Climate Cont Lab
  • TRN-140A-WB62 Transp Climate Cont Lab
  • TRN-140A-WB63 Transp Climate Cont Lab
  • TRN-140A-WB64 Transp Climate Cont Lab
  • TRN-140A-WB65 Transp Climate Cont Lab
  • WLD-151-WB01 Fabrication I
  • WLD-151-WB02 Fabrication I
  • WLD-261-WB01 Certification Practices
  • WLD-261-WB02 Certification Practices
  • AHR-110-H01 Intro to Refrigeration
  • AHR-110-H02 Intro to Refrigeration
  • ANS-232-H01 Meatbird Production
  • ANS-232-H02 Meatbird Production
  • ANS-234-H01 Egg Production
  • ANS-234-H02 Egg Production
  • ARC-211-H01 Light Constr Technology
  • DFT-154-H01 Intro Solid Modeling
  • ELC-128-H01 Intro to PLC
  • ELC-128-H02 Intro to PLC
  • ELC-128-H03 Intro to PLC
  • ELC-128-H04 Intro to PLC
  • ELC-130-H01 Advanced Motors/Controls
    ELC-130-H02 Advanced Motors/Controls
  • EMS-221-1 Clinical Practicum II
  • RAD-171-1 Clinical Ed III
  • RCP-144-1 Clinical Practice II
  • MED-260-1 Clinical Practicum
  • MEC-112-131 Machine Processes II

Continuing education courses (e.g. nurse aide, phlebotomy, EMS, Fire courses, law enforcement courses, HVAC, Notary public, and codes courses) will begin as scheduled.

Students,

As we have transitioned to the second half of summer school, we are changing the way we are doing the COVID-19 screening process.  We are no longer doing the daily screenings at our various campus and center locations.  Instead, we have shifted to a self-reporting process, where students will log into their Moodle accounts each day to answer a series of questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.

Please login to your Moodle courses daily to locate and complete the mandatory COVID-19 self-report form before attending face-to-face classes. You are not required to complete a COVID-19 form for each course; one form per day is sufficient. If you have questions, please contact your instructor or the Dean of Student Services at sajohnson366@wilkescc.edu or 336 838-6141.

For students who do not complete the self-report form, your instructors will be following up with you individually.  You will not be allowed to attend class on campus if you have not completed the short questionnaire verifying you have no COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure.

For students who complete the self-report form and do indicate they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms or a known exposure to someone who has the virus, someone from WCC’s Student Services will contact you to give you instructions on what you need to do and when you may return to campus.

It is essential that we all continue to be diligent in taking this COVID-19 virus seriously and following the safety protocols so that we limit the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and our friends and family safe.

Take Care,

Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
President
Wilkes Community College
(336) 838-6112

President’s Video Message

Over the past three months, the Return to Campus Task Force has worked diligently to develop a plan to return to campus for the 2020 fall semester.  Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local health officials, the Task Force has taken a conservative approach for the 2020 fall semester. Please know that the safety and well-being of our students and employees are our top priority.

Wilkes Community College’s plans for the 2020 fall semester, beginning August 17th, are as follows: 83.5% of classes will be completely online or have some online instructional component and approximately 16.5% of classes will be traditional with face-to-face instruction.

For in-person instruction, we will continue using the COVID-19 Self-Screening Report. We have implemented strict safety protocols that adhere to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Governor Roy Cooper, and our county public health officials. More information can be found on our COVID-19 page.

Please note that as we continue to monitor this pandemic, adjustments may need to be made to our fall schedule.  As always, we appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Stay safe and healthy!