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March 25, 2020
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
March 19, 2020
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.
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 to 4:30 Friday
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
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.
- 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.
- 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 1-800-4FED-AID or access 24/7 online help at: https://studentaid.gov/help-center/contact.
- The College Foundation of West Virginia also has an online 24/7 chat help that can answer basic questions regarding federal and state aid. Follow this link: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/_default.aspx and click on “Questions? Ask SAM” in the lower right-hand corner.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Did You Know? The WVNCC Financial Aid Office has several virtual assistance options available to you. Please email or call us for more details:
- Chat with us online at www.WVNCC.edu (lower left corner of homepage)
March 16, 2020
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.
We will share details with you in the days ahead. Thank you for choosing WVNCC.
March 13, 2020
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.
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.
March 11, 2020
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