Shasta College plans to bring select courses and support services back on campuses for in-person instruction this coming fall semester. For the last several months, employees at the college have been looking at how to safely bring students back on campus for some courses. With encouraging daily reports that COVID-19 cases in the Shasta, Trinity, and Tehama region are on the decline, the college is optimistic that the timing is right for more in-person instruction.
When the Fall 2021 course schedule is released online on April 26, it will include a mix of on-site, hybrid (combination online and on-site), and online classes. Expanded on-site offerings will include Career Education (CE) classes such as Welding, Heavy Equipment, Advanced Manufacturing, Logging, Diesel, Automotive, Nursing, and Fire Technology, as well as Agriculture and Farm courses. Other classes and labs that benefit from more hands-on and interactive instruction are being identified for possible on-site instruction. Students are encouraged to check the Fall Schedule when it is released for the complete list of options for on-site course offerings. Social distancing, masking, and sanitization policies will be a mainstay for the fall semester that begins on August 16.
Student and Business Services such as Counseling, Financial Aid, Tutoring, Library Services, and Food Services are being considered in the district’s modified in-person plans.
The Shasta College dorms have been remodeled to accommodate single-person occupancy in each room and are scheduled to reopen for Fall 2021. Upgrades to the Dorm’s Wi-Fi system will provide students with better access to online courses and resources.
“It’s amazing to consider that it’s been nearly a year since our communities had to quickly adapt to the onset of COVID-19,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Joe Wyse. “Every day since then, I’ve been increasingly inspired by the selfless efforts and countless hours our staff and faculty have given in support and service to our students and communities. All of the work we’ve been able to do together under these extraordinary circumstances is paying off as we look to selectively bring back on-site instruction for the Fall 2021 semester.”
The college will continue to assess ongoing public health conditions, which may affect decisions regarding in-person services and business functions for this fall. Summer session classes will continue to be primarily online, with some Career Education classes remaining in-person. Campuses will continue to restrict access during the summer session with check-in and self-assessment at the entrance to the main Redding campus, Health Science, and Tehama campuses, and appointments will continue to be required for certain student services.
For additional information or questions, please contact Campus Safety at (530) 242-7910.