In an effort to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19), effective immediately, Monroe County Community College is initiating numerous measures in relationship to classroom teaching and learning, MCCC President Dr. Kojo Quartey and Vice President of Instruction Grace Yackee have announced.
All face-to-face and blended academic classes (credit bearing) will be suspended Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19 to allow faculty and students time to prepare for remote delivery of instruction. Additional information will be provided by the Office of e-Learning and Instructional Support via MCCC e-mail addresses and postings on the Brightspace learning management system site.
Online- and off-campus classes, including direct college at the high schools, fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and co-ops will run as scheduled, unless otherwise notified. In the case of direct college, should the hosting high school cancel classes and/or close, faculty and students should be prepared for remotely delivered instruction.
All non-academic classes (non-credit bearing, including lifelong learning, business and industry and contract training) held on-campus and currently in session will continue as scheduled. Classes scheduled to start on or after March 19 through May 1 are cancelled. Non-credit classes held off-campus should continue as scheduled unless otherwise notified.
All suspended face-to-face and blended classes will resume on Friday, March 20 with remote delivery until further notice. Students enrolled in laboratory courses will be contacted by their faculty members regarding scheduling of and access to laboratory facilities. Students should regularly monitor their MCCC email.
Faculty and staff should direct questions to their supervisor. Students should direct class-related questions to the faculty teaching the respective class, using MCCC email addresses or Brightspace.
As of the date of this release, all college offices and services remain open to provide as much support as possible to faculty and students. Employees, students and campus visitors are encouraged to refrain from coming to campus if they are sick and continue effective hygiene practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Additional information and resources for faculty and students will be distributed directly from the Office of the Vice President of Instruction, Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success, and/or the Office of eLearning and Instructional Support.
These measures follow the recommendations of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who yesterday outlined mitigation strategies that are crucial to slowing the transmission of COVID-19 in Michigan, particularly before a vaccine or treatment becomes available.
Yesterday, also in keeping with the governor’s recommendations, MCCC cancelled all events scheduled on MCCC’s campus through April 30 with expected attendance of 100 or more and placed a moratorium on all college-sponsored travel through April 30.
There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus to date.
MCCC is following all of the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the governor regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and is in regular contact with the Monroe County Health Department.
Notices and updates are being conveyed via the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus. Every student and employee is asked to please check email regularly. Notifications of official updates are also being shared via social media and other means.
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.