Carroll Community College Begins Fall Semester Offering a Variety of Instructional Formats

Release Date
2020-08-28
Contact
Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., August 28, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll) begins the Fall semester on Monday, August 31, 2020. Classes will be conducted primarily through remote course offerings with limited on-campus instruction. The College remains closed to the general public.

“Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly this past spring and summer to make the educational experience for our students dynamic, effective, engaging, and most importantly, safe,” said Dr. James D. Ball, President, Carroll Community College. “Safety is and will continue to be our top priority, and we have put in place best practices to protect our students, faculty and staff.”

Carroll is offering an increased variety of online instructional formats including synchronous classes conducted live by faculty and asynchronous classes that students can access any time. Hybrid courses and face-to-face instruction will be limited and essentially focused on Allied Health programs, various skilled trades, classes that require hands-on use of equipment or software, those with a certifying body that requires face-to-face instruction, and a limited number of general education courses for students who opt for an in-person instructional format.

Registered students will have access to the library and tutoring services while on campus as well as virtually. Student services, including; records, admissions, career development, advising and transfer, financial aid, disability support services, testing center and student life will continue to be offered virtually and by appointment. The Bookstore will be open on campus and virtually. The Theater in the Scott Center, the Café, and the Bollinger Family Conference Center remain closed at this time.

Rigorous screening procedures and safety protocols have been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The College has worked closely with the Carroll County Health Department to ensure a safe learning and working environment at the College,” said Alan Schuman, Executive Vice President of Administration. “Our plans are posted on our website, and we will continue to adapt our plans and procedures as needed to comply with State and County requirements.”

Employees and students are expected to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire on their mobile device or a computer every time they come to campus. They will either be granted permission or denied access. We encourage this practice to be done prior to coming to the College. Designated check-in points are setup at the entrance of buildings A and K. Paper questionnaires and touchless temperature taking will also be available at these entrances. Students are encouraged to allow sufficient time for this process to ensure on-time class arrival.

Once on campus, cloth face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times. Physical distancing requirements are marked throughout the campus, including all classrooms, labs and offices, as well as common areas and restrooms. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols will continue, which will occur after every instructional activity and meeting with thorough sanitizing and cleaning every evening. For more information visit: https://www.carrollcc.edu/covid-19/

In response to the NJCAA decision on July 13, 2020 to move Fall 2020 athletics to Spring 2021, Lynx Athletics made the decision to move men’s and women’s soccer to Spring 2021 along with the College’s inaugural men’s and women’s lacrosse season. Recruiting for both sports is on-going and interested athletes should visit www.carrolllynx.com. The College is moving forward with cross country for the Fall 2020 season. This decision was based on cross county being a non-contact sport and physical distancing is possible during training and racing.

“I am so inspired by the resilience and perseverance exhibited by our entire community during these uncertain times. The College takes great pride in our continued ability to fulfill its mission of empowering learners and changing lives,” said Ball. “We are truly grateful for the unwavering support of our County partners and the community we serve. “

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Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community.  Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at www.carrollcc.edu.