CVCC Ready for Safe Opening for the Fall 2020 Semester

After months of discussions and preparation, Catawba Valley Community College is officially ready to open its campus and facilities with a safe environment for its students, employees and the community.

08/06/2020

Safety Check-in Station

After months of discussions and preparation, Catawba Valley Community College is officially ready to open its campus and facilities with a safe environment for its students, employees and the community.

Catawba Valley Community College officially starts its Fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 17.

“We are confident that with the protocols, safety measures and the cooperation of our students and employees that we can safely provide our citizens with the credentialing and academic opportunities to keep them moving forward,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. “COVID-19 has changed our operations, but it has not changed our commitment to providing a quality instructional program and collegiate experiences for all.”

Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced CVCC to modify its classes and campus activities, the college’s purpose never changed — making sure to provide affordable and effective education to its more than 4,800 students.

Classes have been taking place during this past nine-plus weeks of the summer, and CVCC just held its drive-thru graduation ceremony on Saturday, honoring those who have worked hard and persevered to complete their degrees in the spring.

“This has been one of the most challenging periods of my career, but I have been inspired by the dedication of our students and employees to continue on,” Hinshaw said. “We have invested in resources to assure that we are doing everything that we can to protect our community from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our team has worked tirelessly to address issues related to a pandemic and are confident that we can reopen safely, just differently.”

Now with the fall semester on its mind, Catawba Valley Community College is ready to get back to a new normal — holding classes in a mixture of in person and online instruction.

When students, faculty and staff return to campus, they should feel protected by the safety measures put into place by the college.

Three weeks before the start of the fall semester, CVCC installed 22 screening stations, including at the Workforce Solutions Complex, East Campus, Cuyler A. Dunbar, Robert E. Paap (Second Level), Tarlton Complex, East Wing, West Wing, Student Center, Student Services, Catawba Furniture Academy, Dental Hygiene, Newton Cosmetology Center, Alexander Center for Education, Public Safety Training Center and Engineering.

Each of these stations will allow students, faculty and staff to have their temperature checked, but also not impede their ability to reach classes in a timely manner.

“Our protocols include required face coverings, temperature screenings daily, limiting class sizes, maintaining social distancing and encouraging frequent hand washing,” Hinshaw said. “We will deep clean our facilities on a daily basis and continue to follow the guidance of our local public health departments, the Center for Disease Control and local, state and national government. I am excited to see some of our students back on campus as we move through this difficult time.”

Students, faculty and staff will also be inspired around campus by the many positive messages and signs displayed in the college’s buildings, reminding those who learn and teach on a daily basis of the valuable role they play at CVCC.

“Red Hawk Nation is strong and we will be stronger together by demonstrating that COVID-19 may have changed us, but it will not define us,” Hinshaw said. “We create champions, and we are thrilled to be able to continue providing higher education opportunities to our community safely.”

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