Mississippi community colleges to be back for fall semester

Source: Meridian Community College
Source: Meridian Community College(COREY NOLEN PHOTO | Meridian Community College)
Published: Jun. 10, 2020 at 8:04 PM CDT
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All 15 colleges in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges system, including East Mississippi Community College, Meridian Community College, East Central Community College and Jones College plan to resume traditional operations and classes on their campuses this fall, according to the MACC President’s Association.

“We know students are excited about getting back on campus," said MCC president, Dr. Thomas Huebner. "We’ve transitioned from fully online to partial face-to-face courses since spring break, and we are excited about moving to a schedule that looks a little more like what we would do normally. Make no mistake, though, we are taking precautions associated with campus health and safety very seriously.”

EMCC president, Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, said the college has convened a coronavirus task force to recommend changes to policies and procedures so students, faculty and staff can safely resume in-class instruction.

“This team will recommend expanded health and safety protocols, flexible course formats and robust contingency plans should public health concerns necessitate further modifications,” Alsobrooks said. “Additionally, we are working closely with Dr. David Shaw from Mississippi State in his role as the chairman of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Safe Start Task Force. In the coming weeks, we will share specific details regarding what a fall on-campus semester will look, particularly with regards to housing policies and student life programming.”

The MACC system moved to all online operations in mid-March due to COVID-19. Since that time, each community college in the state has organized committees and established protocols to restart traditional activities at their campuses safely.

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