Northampton Community College (NCC) has announced that spring semester classes will begin January 18 as planned. However, many classes will temporarily be held online for the first two weeks, until January 31, due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the region.
A number of classes related to programs that require hands-on activities, including those in the industry and manufacturing areas, will be held on campus as originally scheduled. During this time, the college will remain fully open with student and academic support services continuing to be open and accessible including advising, bookstores, counseling, the enrollment center, tutoring, libraries and computer labs.
Residence Halls will open as planned and related food services will continue operations on normal schedules during the two-week period.
Student Services and Support
To support students during the period, NCC is offering a range of services including:
- Computer labs will be open offering access to computers to use for online classes and study support
- Libraries will remain open during regularly scheduled hours.
- Students who need a laptop computer to use for remote learning can contact the IT Help Desk that has a limited supply of loaner Chromebooks. Students can also apply for COVID Relief funds or review their financial aid funds to use at the bookstore to purchase a laptop computer.
- Students who need help using the Blackboard platform that online classes are delivered through can Click here for support. Students can Click here for steps to prepare for online learning.
Programs That Will Meet on Ground
While most NCC spring classes will temporarily shift to remote/online delivery for two weeks, until Monday, Jan. 31, students registered for classes in the following programs will attend classes on campus during this time:
- Automotive (AUTO, AUTC, ASEP)
- Culinary Arts (CULA)
- Computer Aided Design (CADM)
- Construction Management (CMGT)
- Electronics Technology (ELEC)
- Electromechanical Technology (EMEC)
- HVAC, Electrical Technology (ELTC)
- Massage Therapy (MASG)
- Medical Assistant (MDAS)
- Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences (SMAT)
- Welding (WELD)
Students enrolled in one of these programs will receive additional information from their program faculty members regarding on-campus classes.
In addition, students registered for classes in the allied health programs (dental, nursing, radiography, sonography, funeral service) will have lectures delivered online/remote. Lab and clinical experiences will be at the discretion of program directors. Students registered in these health programs will receive contact directly from program directors regarding the hands-on, in-person activities. Other courses with in-person labs and on-campus experiences will be remote for the start of the semester.
Dealing with COVID
Any student that exhibits COVID symptoms, has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, or has personally tested positive for COVID, should contact the Health Center at 610-861-5365 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be advised on the process to follow before returning to campus. Masking remains mandatory for all faculty, staff and students when inside NCC facilities. For more information visit https://www.northampton.edu/coronavirus.htm.