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VHCC announces opening plans for Fall 2020

Post Date:06/19/2020 8:00 AM

Kellie Crowe
VHCC, Coordinator of PR & Marketing
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Virginia Highlands Community College announces opening plans for Fall 2020 
With classes slated to begin August 31, VHCC will offer a variety of course delivery options.
VHCC Campus Open

ABINGDON, Va. – In accordance with recommended guidelines from federal, state and local health officials, and based on continuing guidance from the College’s COVID-19 Task Force, Virginia Highlands Community College is pleased to announce it is preparing for a Monday, August 31 start date for the fall 2020 semester. The semester will include of a variety of course delivery options.

“The overall message to our students and our community is that we’re ready for you,” said Dr. Adam Hutchison, president of Virginia Highlands. “We’re working hard to design course delivery options that are as flexible as feasibly possible.”  

For courses and degree plans that work well with online course delivery, robust online options will be available. However, because of the importance of hands-on learning, lab-based courses as well as technical and occupational programs will include on-campus and hybrid instruction. Examples include biology, chemistry, music, diesel mechanics, welding, HVACR, machining, electrical, CDL, administration of justice, horticulture, nursing, medical assisting, radiography, EMT/EMS, pharmacy tech, and phlebotomy.

“We’ll be following all guidelines and prioritizing safety, which means the on-campus experience will include smaller in-person class sizes, increased person-to-person distancing in classrooms and common areas, as well as new signage and extra attention to cleaning measures,” said Hutchison. “Our priority will be the safety of our students, faculty and employees while continuing to give students a quality education at VHCC.”

Protocols and measures will follow Governor Ralph Northam’s executive orders and the recommendations of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. 

“If there’s one thing we do well, that’s caring for our students and that will certainly be reflected in every decision we make and every safety protocol we implement.”

Given the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and regional conditions, Hutchison says details and plans will continue to evolve.

“There are many details we’re still ironing out,” said Hutchison. “As we continue to do so, I’m reminded daily of the pride I have for the creativity and perseverance of the Virginia Highlands family of students, faculty and staff. We’re navigating higher education in the midst of unparalleled circumstances.”

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About Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College is one of the 23 comprehensive community colleges in the Virginia Community College System. VHCC has become a dynamic leader in Southwest Virginia with a primary goal of providing comprehensive and quality education and related services for residents throughout its region. We proudly serve the residents of Bristol Virginia, Washington County and the Western Part of Smyth County. The College is committed to teaching, learning & community building, and serves more than 2500 students, offering more than 80 academic areas of study.