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.
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.
Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
Wilkes Community College