RBC | To ensure the health and safety of campus communities across Colorado, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) activated its emergency operations team focused on coordinating the system’s response with the CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the guidance provided by the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID–19) on either CNCC campuses, preparation continues to receive the highest level of attention from college leaders and coordinating with system administration.
“The health and safety of our students and employees is our highest priority as we coordinate our response and take informed actions,” said Ron Granger, CNCC President.
Immediate actions taking place across both campuses include limitations on large group gatherings, implementation of restrictive travel policies, and the extension of Spring Break for students. Staff and faculty will return on March 23 to utilize the extra time to transition appropriate courses from in–person to remote instruction and exams, and implement risk reduction plans tailored for each campus. At this time CNCC does not anticipate needing to transition to remote instruction but is planning to appropriate in case it is necessary.
Due to varying institutional size, location, and programming across CNCC campuses, some courses may not be appropriate to transition to remote learning, such as dental hygiene and nursing labs. To provide students with the opportunity to continue their educations in which they have invested so much time, money, and effort, while ensuring safety for students in these career and technical education programs, courses will be held in spaces that allow for adequate social distancing.
CNCC has decided to cancel the monthly Community Networking meetings that were scheduled for Monday, March 16 on the Craig campus and Monday, March 23 on the Rangely campus. A decision on the CNCC Foundation Dinner scheduled for March 28 will be made by March 20. For more information regarding the Foundation Dinner please contact Sue Samaniego or check the CNCC Facebook page.
“We are prepared for this fast–moving, fluid situation and are implementing appropriate plans at each of our colleges to keep our communities safe and avoid interference with student academic progress,” said Joe Garcia, Colorado Community College System chancellor.