OCTC prepares stages of on-campus operations


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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro Community & Technical college begins their stages of on campus operations. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) received approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) for its plan to begin stages of on-campus operations beginning Monday, June 1.

All summer intersession classes are set to be online. The regular session courses begin June 10 on-line, with on-campus lab components scheduled in July unless current health situations disallow that to occur. The college is currently working with those students who needed to fulfill lab and clinical portions of their spring semester.

OCTC’s fall term begins August 17 and classes will be offered in a variety of formats. OCTC will offer fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both. All face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online the transition will be easier for students. The colleges also will offer a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, and 8-week sessions

Each college in KCTCS has designated a Healthy at Work Officer to oversee the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. All employees are required to take online training on the new health and safety protocols before returning to work on-campus.

Safety guidelines for all people on campus include temperature self-checks and other health evaluations, physical distancing inside and outside of all facilities, required face covering/mask and other specific recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Extensive signage reminding people of safety practices is placed throughout any open buildings on the campuses.

OCTC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update college plans based on any changes from the governor’s office, the White House, CPE, CDC, and local health officials. Students and prospective students can enroll online at Owensboro.kctcs.edu or call 270-686-4400 for more information.

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(This story was originally published on May 29, 2020)

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