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Blue Ridge Community College Coronavirus (COVID-19) Monitoring and Response

Blue Ridge Community College is committed to maintaining healthy and safe teaching and learning spaces for our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Please read this update carefully and feel free to contact your instructor, supervisor or vice president if you have any questions.

Update: May 1, 2020; 2 p.m.

Blue Ridge Community College students, staff, and faculty have proven to be resilient and determined as the College responded to COVID-19 during the last six weeks. We are proud of our student accomplishments and celebrate that we are near the end of another successful semester at Blue Ridge Community College. 

Registration and Financial Aid
Registration continues for Summer Term and Fall Semester, and we encourage all students to go ahead and register now for the courses they need to stay on track in their educational journey. Academic advisors are available via email to schedule online advising appointments. If you need assistance locating contact information for your academic advisor or registering for classes, please contact us.

Registration Assistance
Phone your academic advisor or call (828) 694-1800 or 883-2520
Email: admissions@blueridge.edu
Text: (828) 600-5019

We have multiple ways to help students pay for tuition and fees, including a new Student Needs Fund and funding allocated for Blue Ridge Community College students through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at any time to request assistance. Please do not let paying for your tuition and fees be the reason you do not continue your educational journey. We are here to help. 

Financial Aid Office
Phone: (828) 694-1816
Text: (828) 600-4955
Email: finaid@blueridge.edu

Course Delivery Beginning May 11
We have some news to share with you that mostly affects students and faculty in certain areas of the College. However, this update sheds light on the College’s diligent work to provide relevant training for our community and ramp the College back up as soon as it is safe for our students, employees, and community. 

The majority of courses for the Summer Term will be delivered online. This decision was made some time back, and it still stands true. 

There will be a few exceptions to that beginning this month. Working off the assumption that the Governor of North Carolina will move us into the firsts phase of reopening the state on May 8, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the governing body for community colleges in North Carolina, has given guidance that will allow Blue Ridge Community College to hold face-to-face instruction in the following areas beginning May 11: 

  • Science labs
  • Automotive Systems and other transportation programs
  • Machining
  • All engineering technology programs
  • Welding
  • Brewing

This action by the North Carolina Community College, in conjunction with actions by the Governor, will allow faculty and students to begin to make up lab time missed during Spring Semester in the areas above as well as hold face-to-face instruction in these areas during Summer Term. 

NCCCS identified these areas because of their direct tie to businesses that are deemed “essential” in the Governor’s Executive Order Number 131 dated April 9, 2020.

The College will follow these protocols in spaces, classrooms, and labs that begin holding face-to-face instruction. 

  • Students and faculty will practice social distancing and will be encouraged to wear face coverings. 
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided for students who are completing labs or clinicals in areas that require it such as nursing and emergency medical science. 
  • High-touch areas will be sanitized regularly. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for students and faculty. 

Students enrolled in the areas listed above that can hold face-to-face instruction will receive information directly from their faculty members via email or notification in their online course about meeting times, locations, and any special instructions. Students enrolled in the areas mentioned above for face-to-face instruction who can not or are not comfortable attending classes in this format, must communicate with their instructor who will make accommodations for the instruction to be delivered in a different format at a later date. 

 

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