GOLDSBORO, NC (WITN) - Wayne Community College moving to online instruction beginning Monday.
The school says close to 40% of the college-credit courses offered were already online, but as of March 23rd, all students will begin alternative instruction methods with in-person classes cancelled.
"I feel a calm among the faculty," says Dr. Patty Pfeiffer, WCC Vice President of Academic and Student Services. "Instructors are being as creative as they can be. I really feel they are embracing the challenge."
The college had been initially suspended from March 16th through March 22nd due to the spread of COVID-19. Pfeiffer says that week-long break gave instructors time to move classes online and communicate with their students about how classes would continue.
The North Carolina Community College System does provide exceptions "to accommodate the critical need for public safety and public health services in response to this crisis."
WCC says they are working on how to provide for those exceptions, which include "law enforcement training, fire training, emergency medical and rescue training, nursing, or other training specifically requested by public safety and public health response agencies, including the military."
Wayne Community College announced today that it is suspending instruction from March 16th through March 22nd, 2020 due to the potential spread of COVID-19.
Instruction will resume in alternative delivery formats on March 23rd.
“This means that students should not come to campus on Monday and that until March 23, there will be no classes in any form, for any Wayne Community College program,” explained WCC Public Information Officer Tara Humphries.
On March 23rd, the college plans to transition to online and alternative course delivery methods.
On Monday, March 16th, all WCC staff are to report on their normal schedule. All faculty will meet at a time designated by their respective dean or associate vice president.
All functions of the college will remain open and operational at this time, including the child care center, but will practice social distancing and take other precautionary measures.
The college had already restricted out-of-county travel and cancelled events on campus through April 10.
Updates will be posted on the college’s webpage. and provided via email to students and employees.