North Central Michigan College’s Petoskey campus will open to the public by appointment beginning Monday, July 6, 2020. One-on-one and small-group campus tours with North Central’s Outreach Department will also resume with appropriate safety protocols.
“We will spend July and August welcoming individuals and small groups to campus so that we can have a safe and robust reopening for students when fall semester begins on September 8,” said North Central President David Roland Finley, Ph.D.
All student-related services, including academic advising, financial aid assistance, and business office functions, have continued uninterrupted for the past 12 weeks.
“We know that students want to visit campus to see how we will be ensuring their safe return to face-to-face classes,” Finley said. “And in terms of ‘getting to know’ a college, there is no substitute for an in-person campus tour.”
Visitors may schedule a campus tour by calling 231-348-6605 or emailing email@example.com.
On May 11, Finley announced that face-to-face instruction would resume on September 8 with proper safety precautions, including thorough cleaning and disinfecting of buildings and classrooms, the use of masks and social distancing, and physical barriers such as sneeze guards in close-contact areas.
Two contingency plans are being developed simultaneously and may be implemented should there be a resurgence of Covid-19 in Northern Michigan. One plan calls for hybrid learning (i.e., a class is taught on campus one week and then remotely the following week), and the other plan calls for wholly online instruction, should circumstances warrant. All plans are informed by best practices outlined by local and state health officials and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap.
“We will deliver a high-quality education to our collegiate learners regardless of which of these three levels is utilized,” Finley said.
North Central is continually monitoring and evaluating college operations based on the latest information and recommendations from local, state and national health experts and officials regarding mitigating the spread of Covid-19. To streamline communications, the North Central website remains the vehicle for all Covid-19 updates.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education of and for the community. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College with a designation of Veteran Friendly Silver by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
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