As the arc of the COVID-19 transmission in southeastern Michigan and throughout the country evolves, Washtenaw Community College is continuing to adapt processes. Accordingly, the college has announced it will only be offering Summer 2020 credit classes online or in Virtual Classrooms.
The goal of this decision is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, labs and campus buildings.
As the No. 1 online community college in Michigan, WCC is prepared to help students navigate these uncharted waters.
Summer semester has always been a great time for students to catch up, stay on track or get ahead of their academic goals. A group of extremely dedicated faculty and staff have been working around the clock to preserve that significance in these uncertain times, considering every contingency as it relates to all 137 degree and certificate programs offered at WCC.
Along with a much larger selection of traditional online classes — in which students are given the flexibility to complete weekly assignments during times that best fit their schedule — WCC is also offering a number of classes taught in a Virtual Classroom, in which students will meet virtually with faculty and other students during pre-determined days/times.
Students who already enrolled for Summer 2020 classes will be sent individual messages regarding these changes and WCC academic advisors and other staff members are reaching out to them directly if their schedules changed.
“We have been inspired by the transition our faculty and students made to alternate delivery methods through the end of Winter 2020 semester,” Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Services Linda Blakey wrote in those emails. “We believe the Summer 2020 semester offers the same opportunities for innovation, flexibility and teamwork.”
WCC will continue to offer remote learning support and resources throughout the Summer 2020 semester. This includes academic advisors and success coaches, who will recommend replacement options for any cancelled classes.