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Coronavirus Update

If you have any questions pertaining to the College's response to Coronavirus or any updates, please email us at coronavirus@wvncc.edu

Return to Campus Guidelines


Current Active Cases at WVNCC: 0

  • Masks are required in all campus buildings
  • Please use the hand sanitizers that are placed in various locations throughout the College
  • Please practice social distancing at all times
  • Please stay home if you feel ill, or have come in contact with anyone who may possibly have been exposed to COVID-19

Updates from the College

August 21, 2020: Fall Return

Thundering Chickens –

I hope you enjoyed your summer as best you could, given the situation with COVID-19. As many of you have been navigating our “new normal,” I admire your perseverance, patience, determination. I am extremely grateful that you have chosen WVNCC this fall despite the challenges we all face.

I know every new semester comes with a different level of anxiety and this semester will have its own apprehensions. Not only are you worried about finding your classes or logging into your student portal, but you now have a heightened level of awareness for staying safe amidst this pandemic. To that point, I want to share with you our “Return to Campus -- Student Guidelines.” These guidelines were created by the COVID-19Task Force based on information from the CDC; federal, state, and local authorities; as well as local Health Departments.

Our goal is to keep all students, employees, and community members safe, so it is imperative that you follow these guidelines. I know many of you have chosen to take classes online and I am very pleased with the dedication our faculty put into making sure your learning will be consistent with the quality you expect from Northern. For those of you who are taking classes on campus or may have to stop in to conduct business, please review and adhere to the guidelines. I ask that each student please sign and return the acknowledgement form at your earliest opportunity after reading the guidelines. You can find the guidelines above and the acknowledgment form in your student portal.

I appreciate your commitment to keeping the college community safe and well! We have taken many precautions to ensure your safety as you will see in the guidelines. As we work together, I know we can reduce our health risks. So please, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, avoid gatherings, and stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

As the current situation with COVID-19 evolves, our guidelines may also change throughout the semester. We will communicate any changes to you and make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Please do your part by checking our Coronavirus page on the website, reading your weekly student newsletter, and following WVNCC on social media.

Many student activities and services will be virtual this semester and we promise to keep them engaging and fun. From orientation to our online tutoring in the Academic Support Center to student clubs and student activities, there are many ways to connect with your classmates and be involved with the College. A lot of things look and feel different right now, but I can assure you the one thing that has not changed is Northern’s commitment to our students. We offer a lot of resources on campus so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help in any way. We are here for you.

I look forward to a unique, safe and enlightening semester with all of you!

Please be well,

Dr. Daniel Mosser
WVNCC President

August 14, 2020: Planning for Fall

Important message from WVNCC President

Covid-19 has made 2020 a surreal experience for all of us and has tested our tremendous capability to come together to respond to evolving circumstances. It has required us to take precautions and change behaviors to protect ourselves, our co-workers, neighbors, and loved ones.

This fall semester will be unlike any other – welcome to the “new normal.” What remains constant is Northern’s commitment to providing our community with access to high-quality educational opportunities at an affordable price. Our faculty and staff have been busy for many months planning for the fall. WVNCC is well-prepared to welcome our new and returning students to several flexible course options that include in-person, hybrid and online classes.

My paramount concern remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students and community. I write to share some decisions about the student experience this fall – and to sketch out our overall plans for the fall term. Obviously, we cannot control the trajectory of the pandemic. We also have no control over the government response. We must accept these as unknowns and be ready to adapt appropriately.

Here are our basic assumptions about the fall term:

  • We are offering many more classes online, so there will be far fewer people on campus at any given time.
  • All in-person classes will switch to online after Thanksgiving including any exams.
  • With few exceptions, everything that can be taught effectively online will be taught online.
  • Students who are on campus will have small group learning experiences, with particular focus on students who need access to labs for hands-on skills development.


What will life on campus be like? Unfortunately, our campuses will feel very different this fall. These changes will include:

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks
  • Physical distancing
  • Contact tracing
  • Staggered course scheduling and reconfigured classrooms and workspaces
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols
  • No large gatherings or classes
  • Much less travel

It is a lot to take in, I know. And details will matter. We will share more specifics with relevant groups and individuals on a rolling basis as key decisions are made. But for now, I wanted you to have the big picture.

Communication will remain a priority now and throughout the fall semester. WVNCC has created a Coronavirus Update on our website. We have also developed and circulated “Return to Campus Guidelines” for our employees. Guidelines for a safe return to campus for students will be emailed to you soon and posted on our website. The guidelines provide detailed information about health and safety policies and protocols that WVNCC will follow throughout the semester. This information will be updated on a regular basis.

With that said, we will remain flexible—individually and as a College community—as our understanding of Covid-19 and public health guidelines change in the months to come. Northern is closely monitoring local, state, and national health trends on a daily basis and will continue to follow best practices as advised by the CDC and state and local public health officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding and ask each of you to be prepared to do your part to protect the health of our entire campus community, as well as our friends, families, and neighbors.

I join you in feeling frustrated by the persistent uncertainty of this situation. We need to make decisions with incomplete, imprecise and dynamic information, and we are taking time to consult broadly. We truly appreciate everyone who continues to provide planning support, information, and feedback. The care and thoughtfulness shown by our community has helped us in our approach and our decisions so that all of us can safely return to classes. We promise to make timely decisions and communicate them promptly based on changing conditions and public health orders.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Daniel Mosser, Ph.D.
WVNCC President

July 31, 2020: On-campus Appointments - Contact Information

Starting August 3, the campuses will be reopen to students by appointment only. If you need assistance we are still encouraging you to take advantage of the available services that can be handled remotely. However, if you would like to apply, register, talk to financial aid and more face-to-face, you can now make an appointment Monday – Thursday, on our Wheeling, New Martinsville or Weirton Campus. The phone numbers to make an appointment are below. However you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Our main doors will be locked. Arrive at your scheduled time and the person you are meeting will meet you at the main door.
  • We will take your temperature when you arrive. If your temperature is over 100.4 you will not be permitted in the building.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering to enter the building. If you do not have a face covering a disposable one will be provided.
  • We encourage you to come by yourself, however we will allow up to one other person to accompany you on campus. They will also have to adhere to these guidelines.
  • Please always observe social distancing when possible.
    You will be asked a few screening questions as well before you will be permitted into the building.
  • When you are done with your appointment you will not be permitted to remain in the building.

We look forward to seeing you! To book an appointment please contact:

General questions:
304-214-8838

Admissions:
304-214-8841

Advisor/Academic Support Center:
304-214-8923

Barnes & Noble Bookstore:
304-214-8930

Billing:
304-214-8843

Financial Aid:
304-214-8844

New Martinsville Campus Appointments:
304-455-4684

Weirton Campus Appointments:
304-723-7515
304-723-7501

Tours:
304-214-8838

June 29, 2020: New instructional methods for Fall 2020 Semester

In an effort to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the College has implemented instructional methods for the fall 2020 semester that will limit face-to-face contact.  When viewing the fall 2020 schedule in Schedule Planner, each course has an instructional method listed.  The instructional methods and definitions are:

  • TRAD – traditional on-ground courses.  This includes courses that will be held on campus and clinical rotations that are held at area hospitals.
  • HYBR – hybrid courses that are a combination of on-ground and online learning.  On-ground class meetings will be held until the Thanksgiving break.  After Thanksgiving break, these courses will finish the semester online.
  • ONLA – online asynchronous courses will be held completely online.
  • ONLS – online synchronous courses will be held online with virtual class meetings at designated days and times.

Any courses held face-to-face will be required to adhere to social distancing and class sizes will be monitored.  The College will continue to monitor the pandemic and make changes as necessary.

May 28, 2020: CARES ACT Student Grants Update

CARES ACT Student Grants - 30-day report

West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) signed and returned a Certificate and Agreement with assurance that the institution has used no less than 50% of the funds received, totally $366,159, under Section 18004(a)(a) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The grants were for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, it was determined that any student eligible for Title IV funds would be eligible to receive these funds.  The estimated total number of students that could be eligible was 900.  Of that 805, 805 were actually eligible for distribution on May 13th, 2020. 

WVNCC had notified all students of the CARES Act student grants through a regular student newsletter distributed via email.  The WVNCC website was also update in an area entitled ‘Coronavirus Update’ which is highlights at the top of the College’s landing page.  These communications highlighted the eligibility requirements, instructions on how to apply for eligibility and contact numbers to two top-level administrators for questions.  Furthermore, 74 students who were not immediately eligible, but were identified as most likely eligible if a FAFSA was completed received an email invitation to complete the process in attempt to make as many students eligible as possible.

WVNCC opted to distribute funds to the 805 students who were eligible on May 13th.  Each student’s grant amount would be equivalent to 1) 50% of the College’s student activity fee ($18.75) plus 2) 50% of the College’s Facility Fee ($40.00) plus 3) 50% of the student’s program fee (varies by student), plus 4) $26.75 per credit hour enrolled on March 13th, 2020.  Calculations of this grant distribution totaled $366,307.25

BankMobile, WVNCC’s third-party partner engaged to distribute financial aid refunds, was contracted to execute the distribution.  All students were notified at the beginning of the school year instructing them on how to establish a preferred method for receipt of funds, i.e. direct deposit or check, from BankMobile.  In the email alerting students of the distribution, directions were provided on how a student could update the preferred delivery method if desired.

BankMobile confirmed the distribution to 805 students in the amount of $366,307.25, and average of $455.04.  There were 647 direct deposits and 158 pending checks.  The checks are slated to be sent on approximately June 1st, 2020.  The 158 students expecting checks were emailed on May 13th, 2020 and provided directions on changing their preferred delivery method if they wished to receive their funds sooner than provided by a paper check.

WVNCC has acted with due diligence to the best of its ability and current knowledge to satisfy all requirement and will continue in this manner.

Revised 7/16/20

May 15, 2020 - CARES Act

Dear students - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided eligible WVNCC students’ emergency grants from the federal government for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).  WVNCC’s obligation was to determine the amount of grant funds for each eligible student and distribute the funds. Though WVNCC used familiar costs, such as fees, to calculate each student’s grant, these funds were not refunds; the formula used was based on WVNCC's current fees. 

All CARES funding has been distributed. WVNCC's student fees remain in effect and will appear on financial statements and bills. The College will continue to provide all services either on campus or virtually to ensure a holistic College experience.

May 7, 2020: CARES Act Eligibility

West Virginia Northern will receive approximately $732k from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a federal stimulus package enacted to provide relief to higher education.  Funds from the CARES Act will be received in two equal disbursements.  The first half of the funds is to be distributed in emergency grants for students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  The second half is designated for direct institutional use and has not been released to colleges yet. 

Northern is planning to use a formula-based distribution to disburse the CARES aid to eligible degree-seeking students.  Additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education defines an eligible degree-seeking student as a student who is eligible for Title IV aid.  Additionally, a student is not eligible if they were enrolled in programs that were exclusively online before COVID-19 changes to academic offerings.

To determine Title IV aid eligibility, students were required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year in order to determine eligibility for the CARES emergency grants. In order to be eligible, students must:

  • Have a Social Security Number;
  • Be an eligible citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if born male – you must register between the age of 18 and 25);
  • Not be in default on a prior student loan or owe a grant overpayment;
  • Not have a state or federal conviction of possessing or selling drugs where the date of the conviction occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving any title IV grant, loan, or work-study funds;
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Be enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • Sign the certification statement on the FAFSA form stating that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, and
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or have completed homeschooling.

Refunds amounts will vary from student to student. Students will receive:

  • $18.75 – Representing 50% Activity Fee. 
  • $40.00 – Representing 50% Facility Fee. 
  • 50% of their program fee, which varies for each student.
  • $25.75 per credit hour enrolled on March 13, which varies for each student.
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Eligibile students do not need to apply for these funds. If a student qualifies, the funds will automatically be disbursed through BankMobile.

Students should receive their CARES Funding from WVNCC before the end of May.

Additionally, students who withdrew from the Spring semester, officially or unofficially, before March 13, are not eligible.

Questions about the emergency grants can be directed to:

Janet Fike at 304-214-8845 or jfike@wvncc.edu

Jeff Sayre at 304-214-8809 or jsayre@wvncc.edu

IRS and CARES Act FAQ

This information is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education and may not be the final update to how the government requires colleges to distribute the funds.

May 5, 2020: Supporting our Community / Resources for Students

WVNCC SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY through COVID-19

SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS

WVNCC is encouraging you to donate high need items to local hunger relief organizations in our communities. Many of our community members have been financially impacted by COVID-19. WVNCC wants to do our part to make sure local organizations are stocked with food items to sustain the increased need resulting from COVID-19. If you know of additional food assistance organizations in need of items, please email swood@wvncc.edu to be added to this list.


Brooke and Hancock Counties

Community Bread Basket - Weirton (304-748-7595)

  • Accepting food donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Family Resource Center Community Food Pantry – Weirton (304-748-7850)

  • Accepting donations Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Please call before dropping off items.
  • High need items: Food and cleaning supplies.
  • They accept food, supplies, and clothes donations.

Salvation Army - Weirton (304-748-4310)

  • Accepting donations Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • High need items - cereal, soup, and canned meats.

Salvation Army - Wellsburg (304-737-0071)

  • Accepting donations Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
  • Please call before dropping off items.

Marshall County

Blue and Gold Christian Center - Cameron (304-686-2210 or 304-686-3530)

  • Accepting food donations Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Please call before dropping off items.
  • High need items: fruit, canned goods, snacks for school aged children.

Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen – Moundsville (304-780-7266)

  • Accepting food donations Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • High need items: canned fruit, vegetables, and meats; creamed soups, and pasta sauce.

Salvation Army - Moundsville (304-845-0510)

  • Accepting food donations Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Please call before dropping off items.
  • High need items – butter, milk, and eggs.

Ohio County

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center – Wheeling (304-232-7157)

  • Accepting food donations Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling (304-233-2992)

  • Accepting food donations Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • High need items – boxed/pre-packaged snack foods and canned goods.

House of Carpenter - Wheeling (304-233-4640)

  • Accepting food donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • High need items - canned fruit, rice, toilet paper, pancakes, and syrup.

Salvation Army  - Wheeling (304-233-4400)

  • Accepting donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • High need items - boxed and canned foods.

Wetzel County

Wetzel County Community Resources (304-455-0120)

  • Accepting food donations Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Please call before dropping off items.
  • High need items: frozen foods, peanut butter, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

SUPPORT WVNCC STUDENTS

In place of a food donation, monetary contributions are also accepted and appreciated. Monetary donations are handled by the WVNCC Foundation (WVNCCF) which has established a COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund. WVNCCF will use the funds to support local students with exceptional needs brought on by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

MAKE A MONETARY DONATION

ABOUT THE WVNCC FOUNDATION

The WVNCC Foundation was founded along with the College in 1972. It seeks, receives and manages private funds to increase the College’s capabilities in the areas of institutional development, professional development, capital facilities and equipment, and financial assistance to students. If you are interested in supporting the Foundation, please contact Rana Spurlock at 304-214-8906, or rspurlock@wvncc.edu


SUPPORT OUR LOCAL CHILDREN

The Restaurant-to-School (R2S) initiative is a collaborative effort among schools, local businesses, and nonprofits working to provide nutritious, scratch-cooked meals to local kids who lack equitable access to nutritious foods. The goal is to deliver nutrient-dense fresh food to children during the time when COVID-19 has interrupted our usual food systems, to create improved business outcomes for local restaurants struggling with COVID-19 shutdowns, and to help farmers weather the pandemic.

WVNCC is providing logistical leadership and program oversight. Grow Ohio Valley is taking the lead on all meal distributions, fundraising, and partner coordination. Ohio County Schools is making this possible through the school-based “At Risk Supper” program, and is providing project leadership and creativity in an effort to deliver nutrition to as many kids as possible, while supporting hometown businesses. 

For more information, and to donate to this initiative, contact Grow Ohio Valley at 304-620-9181, or email danny@growov.org.

April 17, 2020: Spring Commencement Ceremony

Watch video of WVNCC President Dr. Mosser update on 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony.

April 16, 2020: Resources and Information

We all have faced professional, personal and emotional stress brought on by this pandemic. It is imperative that we stick together, help each other and get through this as best we can. By now, every WVNCC student should have received a personal phone call from one of our employees. We have attempted to reach out to each and every one of you personally to simply see how you are doing. We care about you and are here to help you get through these challenging times. Below is some information and resources we wanted to share with you. 

Mental Health 

The CDC has some great resources about dealing with stress and coping. They can be found here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

In addition, WVNCC’s Mental Health Committee continues to work hard to update our local resources. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need support. 

TeAnn King 
Special Populations Counselor
Phone: 304-214-8837
tking@wvncc.edu

Kristi Aulick
Academic Advisor
Phone: 304-214-8921
kaulick@wvncc.edu

Have Dinner On Us!

I hope you are continuing to take part in some great virtual events that our Student Activities Director, Sara Wood, has planned for you. Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, April 24. All WVNCC students can order curbside takeout, up to $10, at a local restaurant just by showing your Northern Student ID upon pickup. This is a great way for you to grab a meal and for us to continue supporting local businesses that are vital to our community. The participating restaurants are:

Wheeling – Tacoholix  •  Weirton - Mario's  •  New Martinsville - PJ's Pizza

Continue to check out the event calendar on our website or app for additional details. 

Summer Classes

We have moved all of our summer classes online. Classes begin May 26, and there is still time to register. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit https://www.wvncc.edu/future-students/summer-classes/7338

Deadlines Extended

Withdraw Deadline -- We have extended the deadline to drop a class or completely withdraw from the college for the spring semester to Friday, May 1. 

Public Gatherings – We have extended the suspension of public gatherings on WVNCC campuses to May 15. 

It was great to see some of you recently during the Student Government Association meeting that we held by Zoom. Although I would much rather see all of you on campus, it was reassuring to know that our students are still engaged and working harder than ever to finish the semester strong, while still helping to move the college forward. We are at a very critical time in the battle against COVID-19 right now. Please stay diligent in doing your part – social distancing, proper hygiene – and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. I think I speak for all our employees when I say we are proud of you, Thundering Chickens! 

Dan Mosser
WVNCC President

April 9, 2020: WiFi, Chat Feature, IT Hotline & other resources

I hope all of you have settled into the final stretch of the spring semester. For those who are teaching and learning online for the first time, I hope the transition went smoothly for you. Northern faculty and staff worked hard to ensure that all students have a meaningful learning experience this semester. I hope you have found this transition easier than you may have thought possible. 

WiFi is Now Available in WVNCC Parking Lots and Elsewhere
Our IT Department has made available WiFi to students and employees via our parking lots on each campus from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Wifi is available in Wheeling in the parking lots closest to the B&O Building). If you are having challenges with your internet connection, please feel free to use this resource. In addition, there are a additional WiFi hot spots in our communities. You can find WiFi locations here:

http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/bb/wifihotspots/default.aspx

https://innovateohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/innovate/news/news-and-events/04042020

New Online Chat Feature and 24-Hour IT Hotline
I want to remind you that we have a new Chat feature on our website. You can use this chat feature to reach out to our IT department or other departments here at Northern. IT is also operating a 24-hour hotline at 304-214-8826.  

Chromebooks Available
We have Chromebooks available for loan to students and employees. Please do not hesitate to call IT if you have any technology needs. We are standing by and here to help!

WVNCC on Social Media
We have been posting a lot of resources on our social media channels.  This is also one of the best ways to contact staff who are working remotely. Please check our social media accounts and make sure to reach out and stay connected.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Dr. Daniel Mosser
President

March 25, 2020: Return to Spring Semester

I hope this finds everyone well! We certainly miss having you on campus, but I hope you are taking the government and health officials warnings to heart and staying at home to protect yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to having everyone back healthy and on campus soon.

As you know, our current online classes resumed this week, and I hope they are going well for all of you. I encourage the rest of you to take time this week to make sure you are prepared and ready when your face-to-face class transitions to online starting on Monday, March 30. I know many faculty have reached out to their students already. If you have not heard from your faculty feel free to reach out to them and let them know you are ready, or, if you have a need or concern, please let them know. Faculty and staff are here to help you!

Just a reminder that computer access is available in the libraries by appointment only this week. If you need access to a computer this week during regular hours and the week of March 30 through April 3 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, please reach out to them. Librarians will schedule a time to meet with you on any of our campuses. Also, we have some Chromebooks available on each campus to checkout and use at home. If you need to use one the rest of the semester, please reach out to the library or our IT department. Both can be reached via the new chatbox on our website or IT can be reached by calling the 24-hour call center (304-214-8826). If you need a Chromebook, have trouble logging onto your portal, or have any technology question, don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

The Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly and today we decided to cancel all on-campus events through April 30. No decision has been made yet on Commencement (May 15), but we are exploring our options. As soon as a decision is made, we will let you know. It certainly is not a decision we are taking lightly because we realize Commencement is a memorable and meaningful celebration of the successful culmination of hard work and many sacrifices.

We have also decided to temporarily suspend all clinicals at area hospitals. If you were attending a clinical site, your faculty member will be reaching out to you. We felt this was the best decision right now to protect those who were attending.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling, via email or the chatbox on our website.  Please know you are not alone in this and we are in this challenging time together.Please let us know how we can help!

Stay well Thundering Chickens!

Dr. Daniel Mosser
President

March 19, 2020: Conversion to Online Learning

Dear Student(s):

As you enjoy an extended spring break, March 23-27, and prepare for our converted face-to-face classes to commence on March 30th, we wanted to provide some additional information.  Note that our fully online classes currently scheduled to start on March 23 will start on the 23rd, as planned.

In an effort to protect our college community, we have temporarily suspended all on campus student services starting Monday, March 23. Any service that a student might need such as applying for admissions, course registration, financial aid, advising, etc., can now be easily accessed remotely on our website. If you need personal assistance, please refer to the staff listing or the WVNCC Go App to obtain contact information for any college employee or department. Our friendly staff is standing by and ready to help you over the phone or via e-mail.

Also, we have launched a brand-new chat feature on our website. You will notice when you open our home page that a chat box will pop-up in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. You can chat with Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services and more. This is another great way to connect with student support services.

WVNCC libraries remain open by appointment only, March 23-27, exclusively for Northern students. You can access your portal or the Internet, print, and have access to any normal service you would need from the library or our computer labs. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment to use the libraries.

New Martinsville
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
304-510-8766

Weirton
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
304-723-7516

Wheeling
8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 to 4:30 Friday
304-214-8954 

We know that many of you have questions about labs, clinicals etc. Your instructor will be in touch with details soon. Or, please feel free to reach-out to your instructor with any questions or concerns. In addition, no decision has been made regarding our Commencement ceremony at this time. When a decision is reached, we will communicate that to you immediately. It is our desire to hold our Commencement this spring.  However, your safety is our top priority.

Please use your extra time on spring break wisely and make sure you have everything that you need and are ready to learn online by the time that spring semester resumes on March 30th.

We understand that the transition to online learning is a brand-new adventure for many of you. We also realize that you may be unsure or anxious about online learning or feel that it is not quite the same experience. After meeting with faculty and our academic team, I am more confident than ever that they will deliver the same high-quality, engaging learning experience that you have come to expect from WVNCC. I know that this will be a new experience for some of you, but many of our faculty have been teaching online for years and will guide you through this journey. Our employees have been working diligently since we made the decision to transition to online to make sure that you are getting the education and training you need to succeed in your career while remaining safe.

We understand your anxiety, concerns and confusion; we all are experiencing the same uncertainty during this time. However, we are deeply committed to you and our college community. This is a tremendous opportunity for growth for all involved and we will be with you every step of the way!

I want to remind you that this pandemic is serious for all age groups. It is unwise for you to travel and gather in large groups. Staying at home and avoiding groups is crucial to mitigating the spread of the virus. Please heed the warnings that have been issued by doctors and local, state and federal officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Enjoy your spring break and please be safe.

March 18, 2020: Financial Aid, Scholarships and Loan Tips

If you have college students or are a college student yourself who may be having some anxiety about COVID-19, here are some helpful tips and sites to keep you on track during the time you may be out of work/school, and a few things you can be doing with any free time you may have at home.

  1. FALL 2020 Students: File your 2020-2021 FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.gov.
    • You will use your 2018 tax information (taxes filed in 2019).
    • If you are a WV resident, complete the FAFSA by April 15th, 2020 to meet the WV Higher Education Grant Deadline.
  2. If you have questions concerning your FAFSA or Federal Student Aid programs, but your school’s financial aid office is closed or limiting visitors, call:
  3. The College Foundation of West Virginia also has an online 24/7 chat help that can answer basic questions regarding federal and state aid.  
  4. Use your time at home wisely. NOW is a great time to apply for scholarships! CFWV is a great place to start.
    • Follow this link to create a scholarship profile and apply for awards that pertain to you: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships#/Landing.  
    • Also check out your institution’s web page to apply for institutional scholarships.
    • Other useful search engines include Fastweb, CollegeBoard and Unigo.  
    • Just remember: never pay to apply for a scholarship!
  5. If you have already graduated but are currently out of work and having trouble making student loan payments, you will want to contact your loan servicer and ask for a forbearance.  A forbearance allows you to postpone payments on your student loans due to hardship for a period of time.
    • If you aren’t sure how to find your loan servicer information, visit https://studentaid.gov
    • log in, and click on “view loan servicer details” in the lower right-hand corner of the My Aid box in the middle of the screen.
    • You could have multiple loan servicers, so make sure to check each loan’s servicer.
  6. WVNCC Students: Don’t forget you can review and follow your Financial Aid status 24/7 online through your NOW account at www.wvncc.edu.  More details on communication from the Financial Aid Office will be posted on our website and/or sent by e-mail to your Northern e-mail address.
  7. Did You Know? The WVNCC Financial Aid Office has several virtual assistance options available to you. Please email or call us for more details:

March 16, 2020: COVID-19 Spring Break Update

Dear Student(s):

As you know, the country is facing an unprecedented challenge from Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am writing to share some decisions we have made at West Virginia Northern Community College in the interest of your safety.

WVNCC is on spring break this week, March 16-20.  We are extending spring break for one additional week through March 27. We are converting all current face-to-face classes to online instruction effective March 30 and continuing through the end of the spring semester. Faculty will communicate directly with students in each class. All online classes will meet at their regularly scheduled day and time.

Current online classes will not be impacted – they meet online as scheduled and will resume on March 23. All campus events, activities and other public gatherings have been suspended until April 10.

Students can reach out to their professor or instructor with questions regarding their online classes. Also, if you have technology needs or concerns please contact your professor or instructor and we will do our best to help you adapt.

All WVNCC student are urged to prepare immediately for online instruction. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Internet service providers are offering free Internet services. Below is a list of providers offering this free support.

AT&T
Comcast
Spectrum
Verizon
Xfinity
We will share details with you in the days ahead.  Thank you for choosing WVNCC.

Dan Mosser
WVNCC President

March 13, 2020: COVID-19 Employee Update

Good afternoon:
Following is the latest information on the COVID-19 situation here at the college.  Please remember that we are posting these updates to our webpage now so you will have a single source for the latest information.   www.wvncc.edu

Employee Travel Restrictions
All out-of-state college-sponsored employee travel is suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020). Nonessential travel within WV is likewise suspended. This includes travel that was previously approved.  This does NOT include travel between the three WVNCC campuses.

Personal Travel Concerns
In addition, the Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, has recommended that residents of West Virginia consider cancelling or postponing all nonessential personal travel outside of the state. The college may have to take action to protect students and employees if you travel to an area of sustained growth of the Coronavirus. Currently the areas of concern within the US include the states of Washington, California and New York.

Before you travel, please consult the CDC website and the section on travel - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Restrictions on the Use of College Facilities
All college events, gatherings, receptions, and student activities that would result in large gatherings (i.e., 30 or more people) are suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020).  This includes college-sponsored activities and any external use of college facilities.  For smaller gatherings, employees are urged to assess the risk of convening any group at this time, especially gatherings that might include individuals over 60 years old and other high-risk populations.  If in doubt, please ask us for advice.

Face-to-Face Classes
We have discussed and are preparing to move face-to-face instruction to online, if the need arises.  At this point, there has been no decision to do so.

WV COVID-19 Hotline
The State of West Virginia has set-up a free 24/7 information hotline to address COVID-19 concerns at: 800-887-4304

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide regular and frequent updates to this information.

Dan Mosser
WVNCC President

March 11, 2020: COVID-19

Dear West Virginia Northern Community College Community –

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). With your safety as our top priority, we have been meeting, planning and preparing and I want to provide you with an update. We will be posting updates to this page as information becomes available.

Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus in the State of West Virginia. The College is working closely with state and local health officials to monitor the situation and follow recommended protocols. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans.” Unless you have recently traveled overseas or to an area with sustained or widespread transmission or have been around someone who has been to one of those areas and is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, your risk of getting sick is low.

We have taken the following steps to ensure your health and safety thus far.

  • I have appointed a task force of WVNCC employees, including faculty from our Allied Health programs.  They will meet on a weekly basis to guide us and provide specific recommendations.
  • The Task Force and others have met with local and state health officials.  We will continue to maintain contact with them throughout this process.
  • We are cleaning and disinfecting high-contact surfaces more frequently on all of our campuses.
  • We have been preparing and planning in the event it becomes necessary to close the college and/or switch instruction exclusively to online learning.

As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • When greeting others, avoid hand-shaking, hugging, etc.
  • Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work.
  • Avoid others who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.
  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

With Spring Break next week, I wanted to remind you to adhere to any travel alerts and health advisories that could impact your travel, especially those related to the COVID-19. It is important to refer to the CDC website in advance of any planned travel, especially travel outside of the United States. You should also check for any travel advisories or restrictions on the local health department website before you travel.

This situation is evolving quickly, sometimes on a hourly basis. Our top priority is the health and safety of our college and our community. We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation warrants.

Dr. Daniel Mosser, President

 

 

COVID-19 Facts & Questions

What is novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from a coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time. Visit the CDC website for more information.

What are the symptoms?

Similar to the common cold and influenza, common symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 days after exposure.

How is it spread?

Coronavirus disease 2019 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 generally appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching and shaking hands.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • In rare cases, contact with feces.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

How do I prevent getting the coronavirus?

How can I prevent it?

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent COVID-19 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typical infectious disease precautions, just as those used to prevent cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • lean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not recommend the routine use of face masks by the general public to prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at this time for the prevention of COVID-19.

What should I do if I feel ill?

If you have traveled to, or through a CDC Level 3 Warning country, we recommend anyone who develops a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) or symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, seek medical advice by calling your local health department. If you cannot reach your local health department, call ahead before going to the emergency room or doctor’s office to notify them in case of recent travel to countries or locations within the United States with elevated levels of COVID-19.

What should I do if I’ve recently traveled to a country with coronavirus cases?

The College is following the CDC recommendations for travelers returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Notice:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials.

Mid-Ohio County Health Department
Marshall County Health Department
Brooke County Health Department
Hancock County Health Department
Wetzel/Tyler County Health Department