Spokane Falls and Spokane Community colleges are currently enrolling students for Summer and Fall 2020 quarters. Lots of students are wondering what they can expect as we continue to respond to Covid-19 conditions.
During the second half of Spring Quarter, SCC offered in-person training for over 30 of its career tech and allied health programs. SFCC also provided in-person teaching for its allied health programs: physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant. Careful planning and strict adherence to safety and health protocols by faculty, staff and students made in-person education possible. This innovative approach for these programs that were declared “essential” by the Governor, will allow students to receive required in-person teaching and graduate on time this spring.
What can students expect this Summer and Fall? We don’t know what phase of the Governor’s Phased Re-Opening Plan Spokane County will be in, but we are planning to provide the most effective and comprehensive education offerings possible and will adapt to changing conditions as needed.
At SFCC, most classes during Summer Quarter are typically online, with a few offered in person. That will be the same this summer. During Fall Quarter, SFCC will offer online, hybrid (a combination of in person and online instruction) and in-person classes. Although there will be more online and hybrid offerings than the previous fall, programs that require in-person education or are most effective in-person will be offered on the SFCC campus.
At SCC both Summer Quarter and Fall Quarter will be highlighted by a large number of in-person programs and courses returning to campus. Each quarter will also include a strong offering of online and hybrid courses for students who prefer that modality of delivery.
Student services for both colleges will be offered primarily online until Phase 3 at which point face-to-face operations will resume with social distancing and occupancy restrictions. By fall we anticipate resumption of normal operations.
We will continue to meet all health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including the wearing of face coverings by all, safe distancing between people, regular cleaning of the room and equipment, and hand sanitizer or hand washing.
The colleges have assistance available for students who need laptops or internet access, as well as general financial assistance and emergency funding.