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.
Please login to your Moodle courses daily to locate and complete the mandatory COVID-19 Self-Screening Report before you come to campus. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 336 838-6141.
For students who do not complete the self-screening 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-screening 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.
- No flags: proceed to WCC campus or facility
- Exposure, no symptoms: cannot enter WCC campus or facility
- Exposure refers to being within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more
- Stay home for 14 days from exposure
- Diagnosis, no symptoms: cannot enter WCC campus or facility
- Stay home for 14 days from positive COVID-19 test
- At least one symptom * : cannot enter WCC campus or facility
- If confirmed COVID-19 or untested: stay home for 14 days, AND do not return to WCC facilities until symptom-free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications)
- If negative COVID-19 test: stay home until symptom-free 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications)
- If confirmed diagnosis other than COVID-19 (e.g. stomach virus): follow normal college policies
* Symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, and/or new muscle aches. The more narrow set of COVID-19 symptoms listed here reflects required exclusionary symptoms in order to avoid over-exclusion of people from school facilities.
Effective March 18, 2020, all faculty/staff have the option to begin teleworking.
This is one of the approaches being used worldwide to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To help ensure the health and safety of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, WCC has implemented the following physical distancing requirements:
- Everyone on campus is expected to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible.
- Signage will be placed around campus encouraging physical distancing.
- Many exterior doors of buildings will remain locked during the phased return to limit population density and facilitate physical distancing.
- Everyone must adhere to any movement restrictions imposed by the College.
Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Why: “I Protect You, You Protect Me.” Public health evidence supports wearing face coverings in public, not because they are a guarantee against getting sick, but because they reduce the chance you will transmit germs to others.
- Face coverings are mandatory when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained, such as entering or exiting buildings, classrooms, hallways, restrooms, or multi-person workstations, and are encouraged at all times. This is consistent with guidance from both CDC and local public health officials. In these situations, it is expected that individuals will wear their face covering. If they do not, student conduct violations may be cited.
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.
Consistent with social distancing recommendations, all scheduled on-campus events and gatherings of 50 or more participants that are not required for academic purposes are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Exceptions may be approved by the applicable Vice President and/or President. If possible, we will seek opportunities to enable some events through virtual means and platforms.
All non-essential, college-sponsored travel for students, faculty and staff – domestic and international – is suspended. This includes field trips, unless special approval is given by applicable Vice President and/or President. We strongly discourage all non-essential personal travel, domestic or international, and may require employees who choose to travel to self-quarantine upon return.
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 September 4, 2020 Wilkes Community College has distributed $538,500 of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 718 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
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.
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:
- Register for the course that is to be repeated
- Notify the registrar’s office that a 2020SP semester seated course is being repeated due to COVID-19 reasons
- Registrar’s office will verify if course is eligible for tuition credit
- 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).
- The Academic Support Center will provide tutoring online via Skype or Microsoft Teams. For more information, watch this video.
- Students can continue to submit papers to be reviewed at WCC PaperReview.
- Online tutoring is also available through ThinkingStorm, WCC’s online tutoring partner.
- 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.
- High school students enrolled in college courses can receive additional tutoring through Tutor.com.
- Boomer Fire Department | 5990 S NC Highway 18, Boomer, NC 28606
- Champion Fire Department | 439 Champion MT Pleasant Rd, Ferguson, NC 28624
- Ferguson Fire Department | 12660 W NC Highway 268, Ferguson, NC 28624
- McGrady Fire Department | 11461 Sparta Road, McGrady, NC 28649
Millers Creek, NC
- Millers Creek Fire Department | 5200 Boone Trl, Millers Creek, NC 28651
- Wilbar Fire Department | 10035 N NC Highway 16, Millers Creek NC 28651
Moravian Falls, NC
- Brushy Mountain Fire Department | 7990 Brushy Mountain Rd, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
- Moravian Falls Fire Department | 251 W Brocktown Rd, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
North Wilkesboro, NC
- Broadway Fire Department |1690 Statesville Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
- Wilkes/Iredell Fire Department | 11715 Statesville Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Roaring River, NC
- Roaring River Fire Department | 214 Abtco Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669
- Roaring River Fire Department (Speedway Rd) | 5225 Speedway Rd, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
- Shepherds Crossroads Fire Department | 6188 White Plains Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669
- Macedonia Baptist Church | 1120 Austin Little Mountain Road, Ronda, NC 28670
- Ronda Clingman Fire Department | 3463 Clingman Road, Ronda, NC 28670
- Traphill Fire Department | 8899 Traphill Rd, Traphill, NC 28685
- Samaritan Kitchen | 4187 W US Highway 421, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
- Town of Wilkesboro – Community Commons | 203 W Main St, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
- Wilkes Community College – Main Campus | 1328 S Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Click here for additional WiFi/Hotspot locations.
Ashe Campus now has a public hotspot available to students, located in the front parking lot. Please remain in the comfort and safety of your car while using the campus broadband.
Alleghany Center now has a public hotspot available to students, located in the front parking lot. Please remain in the comfort and safety of your car while using the campus broadband.
Community Food Assistance
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- 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)
- Byrd Ridge Crisis Center
- Pilgrim Baptist Church
Open the 3rd Saturday of each month
- Samaritan’s Kitchen
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Open Monday – Friday
- Antioch Baptist Church
- Unified City Church
Wednesday 5 – 8 (emergency only)
- 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
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
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.
Jeff Cox, Ed.D.
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
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
- 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 Rhonda 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.
- 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.
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:
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Continuing education courses (e.g. nurse aide, phlebotomy, EMS, Fire courses, law enforcement courses, HVAC, Notary public, and codes courses) will begin as scheduled.
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 email@example.com 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.
Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
Wilkes Community College