Community college now more accessible than ever | New
WYE MILLS – It’s a rare time to be a student, but students returning to or looking to enroll at Chesapeake College have a plethora of options available to them. There are different ways that students can participate on their own schedule and an increased number of opportunities for financial support, a kind of lining for COVID-19, said the president of the college, Dr Clifford Coppersmith.
“For the fall, students can join us on campus (around 40% of offers) or remotely (around 60% of offers). Online classes are real-time with direct interaction with the instructor. and students or anytime – allowing students to connect when convenient – so that we can meet the full range of student needs, ”said Vice President of Workforce and Academic Programs David A Harper Jr.
Comprehensive services and supports for students, such as counseling, tutoring and financial aid counseling, are available face-to-face and online, Harper added.
Chesapeake will not require vaccination for in-person classes, but they are encouraging it.
Coppersmith said the college was following state guidelines and had been monitoring the situation closely. Since last summer, students have been allowed to return to campus, with limitations, and this spring, athletes have been able to return to train and train. Plans are also underway for two launch services to be held outside of this graduation ceremony.
During the pandemic, 90% of credit courses continued to be offered, shared Harper, and last fall, face-to-face courses, especially for labs and clinical skills, were able to be arranged, although ‘at reduced capacity.
As the restrictions begin to ease, it is evident that there is still a place, high value, for in-person teaching, Coppersmith said.
Chesapeake College continues to offer courses in child education and development, as well as in business driving, marine services, CVC, and real estate, among others. In the fall, the college, along with Adam Tolley of Queen Anne County Public Schools, will roll out a pilot cooking education program. Dual enrollment has long been an offer for Mid-Shore high school students.
And additional funding makes it easier than ever to register as a high school graduate or for adults looking to improve or develop new professional skills. “The Upper Shore Scholarship Office now has over 21 funding sources. Last year we had five. Therefore, we can help just about anyone with programs that may or may not be generally eligible for funding, ”said Joanne Gannon of the Workforce Investment Board. “The best thing for anyone to do is send an email to [email protected] and we will work with them one on one to determine where we can help fund.”
“I want to stress that in many ways this is a good time to get a degree or certification,” Coppersmith said. “While many industries and people in our region have experienced some level of economic hardship, there are also scarce funding opportunities.”