Joliet Junior College announced it will continue to hold many of its classes online during the spring semester in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The college said it will continue with its hybrid plan to hold lecture classes online while offering labs in person, unless the pandemic conditions warrant a change, according to a news release.
“Our students have faced unprecedented stress, frustration, and fear,” said JJC President Judy Mitchell in the release. “But they haven’t given up on their education, and neither have we.”
Mitchell added that JJC was “proactive” when officials announced the college would convert to a mostly online format for this semester earlier this year.
“We were one of the first institutions to share our plans,” Mitchell said in the release. “In this case, we are using the same philosophy: our decision-making process has been thoughtful but swift to give our students time to solidify their plans, and time for us to ensure they get the support they need to persist.”
JJC’s Academics Taskforce recommended the plan, which was presented after months of research and deliberation, according to the release.
JJC also announced it would modify its existing operations for the fall semester in wake of the new state mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the region. Beginning this week, the college will staff fewer employees on campus, as a majority will work from home, and increase remote services.
The college will continue to enroll students in its flex start courses with 14, 12 and eight-week offerings available.
Students can learn more and register at jjc.edu/journey.
JJC has reported six total COVID-19 cases among students and staff who’ve been on campus as of Saturday, according to a running tally the school has on its website. The college has also provided much more information on safety procedures including its tracking and information on student services on its frequently asked questions site, jjc.edu/covidfaq.